Retain meaning

rĭ-tān'
Retain is defined as to keep, hold on to or keep in place.

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.

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To require (a student) to repeat a class or grade because of insufficient educational progress to advance.
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To keep in one's pay or service.
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To employ by paying a retainer.
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To keep in mind; remember.

Retains the songs she learned in childhood.

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To hold or keep in possession.
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To keep in a fixed state or condition.
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To continue to have or hold in.

To retain heat.

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To continue to practice, use, etc.
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To keep in mind.
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To hire, or arrange in advance for the services of, by paying a retainer.
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To require (a student who has failed) to repeat a grade in school.
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To keep in possession or use.
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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
  • From French retenir, from Vulgar Latin *retinō, retinÄ«re, from Latin retinō, retinere, from Latin re- + teneō, tenere (“to hold")
    From Wiktionary