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RetainRetain Re*tain", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retained; p. pr. & vb.
n. Retaining.] [F. retainir, L. retinere; pref. re- re- +
tenere to hold, keep. See Tenable, and cf. Rein of a
bridle, Retention, Retinue.]
1. To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose,
part with, or dismiss; to retrain from departure, escape,
or the like. ``Thy shape invisibleretain.' --Shak.
Be obedient, and retain Unalterably firm his love
An executor may retain a debt due to him from the
2. To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to
hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor.
A Benedictine convent has now retained the most
learned father of their order to write in its
3. To restrain; to prevent. [Obs.] --Sir W. Temple.
Retaining wall (Arch. & Engin.), a wall built to keep any
movable backing, or a bank of sand or earth, in its place;
-- called also retain wall.
Syn: To keep; hold; retrain. See Keep.
Retain Re*tain", v. i.
1. To belong; to pertain. [Obs.]
A somewhat languid relish, retaining to bitterness.
2. To keep; to continue; to remain. [Obs.] --Donne.
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