What are some alternative words for retain?

Synonyms for retain
rɪˈteɪn

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term retain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. retain(verb)

    hold back within

    "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug for a long time"; "the dam retains the water"

    Synonyms:
    keep on, continue, keep back, hold back, hold, keep

  2. retain, continue, keep, keep on(verb)

    allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

    "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"; "She retained her composure"; "this garment retains its shape even after many washings"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, celebrate, remain, stay on, go on, stay, carry on, keep, cover, hold back, save, hold, hold on, persist in, go forward, prevent, keep open, uphold, extend, keep back, proceed, maintain, hold open, restrain, observe, bear on, preserve, sustain, continue, stay fresh

  3. retain, hold, keep back, hold back(verb)

    secure and keep for possible future use or application

    "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"

    Synonyms:
    accommodate, wait, book, withhold, moderate, view as, support, apply, hold back, harbour, defend, take hold, bind, deem, hold up, continue, hold off, take, have, concord, check, make, admit, go for, take for, throw, defy, control, turn back, harbor, keep, obligate, carry, give, adjudge, entertain, forbear, nurse, oblige, curb, hold, conceal, confine, have got, arrest, restrain, withstand, agree, hold in, halt, contain, keep on, concur, maintain, guard, keep back, sustain, prevail, reserve, obtain, declare, stop, bear

  4. retain(verb)

    keep in one's mind

    "I cannot retain so much information"

    Synonyms:
    keep on, continue, keep back, hold back, hold, keep

Wiktionary

  1. retain(verb)

    Synonyms:
    keep

  2. retain(verb)

    To keep in possession or use.

    Synonyms:
    keep

  3. retain(verb)

    To keep in one's pay or service.

    Synonyms:
    keep

  4. retain(verb)

    To employ by paying a retainer.

    Synonyms:
    keep

  5. retain(verb)

    To hold secure.

    Synonyms:
    keep

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. retain

    Keep, signifying generally to have and retain in possession, is the terse, strong Saxon term for many acts which are more exactly discriminated by other words. We keep, observe, or celebrate a festival; we keep or hold a prisoner in custody; we keep or preserve silence, keep the peace, preserve order — preserve being the more formal word; we keep or maintain a horse, a servant, etc.; a man supports his family; we keep or obey a commandment; keep or fulfil a promise. In the expressions to keep a secret, keep one's own counsel, keep faith, or keep the faith, such words as preserve or maintain could not be substituted without loss. A person keeps a shop or store, conducts or carries on a business; he keeps or carries a certain line of goods; we may keep or restrain one from folly, crime, or violence; we keep from or refrain from evil, ourselves. Keep in the sense of guard or defend implies that the defense is effectual. Compare CELEBRATE; RESTRAIN.

    Synonyms:
    carry, carry on, celebrate, conduct, defend, detain, fulfil, guard, hold, keep, maintain, obey, observe, preserve, protect, refrain, restrain, support, sustain, withhold

    Preposition:
    Keep in hand, in mind, in or within the house; from evil; out of mischief; keep to the subject; keep for a person, an occasion, etc.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. retain

    Synonyms:
    keep, hold, restrain

    Antonyms:
    abandon, forfeit, surrender

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. retain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    hold, keep, reserve, detain, hug, keep back, keep in hand

  2. retain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    engage (by fee paid), hire

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. retain(v)

    Synonyms:
    keep, hold, reserve

How to pronounce retain?

Alex
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say retain in sign language?

  1. retain

Words popularity by usage frequency

rankingword
#26have
#132make
#148support
#176book
#246take
#272check
#333control
#400save
#555give
#656keep
#846cover
#1001stay
#1038stop
#1056continue
#1061apply
#1275hold
#1734agree
#2071wait
#2157protect
#2167prevent
#2268reserve
#2412carry
#2422maintain
#2490bear
#2584obtain
#2590remain
#2645conduct
#2700contain
#2977conservation
#3054keeping
#3070reservations
#3538reservation
#3541guard
#4200nurse
#4404throw
#4532extend
#4776harbor
#4975maintaining
#5420moderate
#5628proceed
#6563retention
#6691celebrate
#6750preserve
#6821admit
#6857retain
#7466harbour
#7523arrest
#7591observe
#7739defend
#8016accommodate
#8218retained
#8275bind
#9348declare
#9453concord
#11256sustain
#12551curb
#12790retaining
#13959halt
#14008entertain
#14320obey
#15651retains
#17539refrain
#17822prevail
#18875fulfil
#19121withstand
#19974conserve
#21923deem
#22440uphold
#22480deduct
#23641withhold
#24594conceal
#24755concur
#29768conserving
#29907defy
#30094restrain
#36343confine
#40155detain
#44733oblige
#53932obligate
#90962forbear
#199421adjudge

How to use retain in a sentence?

  1. Rick Esenberg:

    When you don't have the checks that normally exist at an in-person polling place, this is an effort to retain some valid security.

  2. Sophal Ear:

    He determined that the only way forward would be to retain power by any means necessary, he is setting the stage for whatever may happen next but with him and his family in control, always.

  3. Neil Saunders:

    Amazon will not necessarily be spooked by the increase in costs, indeed, it sees the higher shipping expense as an investment in the Prime platform and as a way to retain the loyalty of its shoppers. As the top line results testify, there is some merit in this argument.

  4. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Iran must not be allowed to set itself up as a nuclear threshold state, there is no reason for it to retain thousands of centrifuges which would allow it to enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb in a short period of time.

  5. Emin Gun Sirer:

    For bitcoin to retain its value, it's important to have hope that there's good management in charge, that there are adults in charge, when we see opportunistic moves, that's a problem.


Translations for retain

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for retain »

Translation

Find a translation for the retain synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Images & Illustrations of retain

  1. retain
    retain
    retain
    retain
    retain

Discuss these retain synonyms with the community:

0 Comments


    Citation

    Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "retain." Synonyms.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 27 Feb. 2021. <https://www.synonyms.com/synonym/retain>.

    Are we missing a good synonym for retain?

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a human thesaurus?

    »
    Which of the following terms is not a synonym of "spread out"?
    • A. dissipate
    • B. unfold
    • C. circularise
    • D. concentrated

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for retain:

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.