An example of retain is to keep a prized possession from childhood.
An example of retain is for mouth-gear to keep the teeth in place.
Retains the songs she learned in childhood.
A library that retains the author's papers; plants that retain a lot of water.
Retain employees on a workforce.
The family sold the house but retained the land.
To retain heat.
Retains his good humor after all the setbacks.
Origin of retain
- Middle English retainen from Old French retenir from Latin retinēre re- re- tenēre to hold ten- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition