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retain

re·tain

retain

 
 
pronunciation:
rih teIn
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part of speech: verb
inflections: retained, retaining, retains
definition 1: to hold or keep.
The sidewalk retains heat from the sun.Our team retained control of the ball for most of the game.
synonyms:
hold, keep, maintain
antonyms:
abandon, jettison, surrender, yield
similar words:
bear, have, preserve, reserve, save, secure, store, withhold
definition 2: to be able to remember.
She has retained everything she learned in science class last year.
synonyms:
harbor, remember
antonyms:
forget
similar words:
have, hold, recall, recollect, store
definition 3: to have the services of; hire.
He retained a lawyer to defend him in court.
synonyms:
employ
similar words:
engage, hire, reserve
derivations: retainable (adj.), retainability (n.), retainment (n.)
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