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RETAIN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does retain mean? 

RETAIN (verb)
  The verb RETAIN has 4 senses:

1. hold within
2. allow to remain in a place or position
3. secure and keep for possible future use or application
4. keep in one's mind

  Familiarity information: RETAIN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RETAIN (verb)


Sense 1retain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hold within

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context examples:

This soil retains water / I retain this drug for a long time

Hypernyms (to "retain" is one way to...):

bear; carry; contain; hold (contain or hold; have within)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2retain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Allow to remain in a place or position

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

keep on; retain; keep going; continue; keep

Context examples:

We cannot continue several servants any longer / She retains a lawyer / The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff / Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on / We kept the work going as long as we could

Hypernyms (to "retain" is one way to...):

keep up; prolong; sustain (lengthen or extend in duration or space)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3retain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Secure and keep for possible future use or application

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

keep back; retain; hold back; hold

Context examples:

The landlord retained the security deposit / I reserve the right to disagree

Hypernyms (to "retain" is one way to...):

hold on; keep (retain possession of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "retain"):

hold down (keep)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4retain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Keep in one's mind

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

I cannot retain so much information

Hypernyms (to "retain" is one way to...):

remember; think of (keep in mind for attention or consideration)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They won't retain the story


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