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Synonyms for retain
rɪˈteɪn

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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?

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How to use retain in a sentence?

  1. Maria Cecilia Flores-Oebanda:

    A Tier 1 ranking doesn't mean we have no human trafficking problem, next year, we also need to demonstrate measurable progress to retain this ranking.

  2. Richard Ji:

    First-tier (technology) names still retain their valuation due to a capital flight to safety.

  3. Elliot Abrams:

    In the last month or two, there have been some interesting negotiations among Venezuelans inside the regime and out of the regime about returning to the constitution, as I recall of the agreements, all of them were going to retain their positions.

  4. Paul Hokemeyer:

    6 MYTHS ABOUT DATING OVER AGE 50, DEBUNKED Blaming outside factors, including you, does not count as taking responsibility. If they blame their partner or lack insight into their actions, chances are, they'll do it again, Sheri Meyers said. Why stay with a cheating spouse ? Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, a licensed marriage and couples therapist, told Fox News that couples who stay together after infidelity have compelling reasons to do so. They are invested in Your Relationship and don't want to throw away a history of success, the cheating event is either a one off occurrence or based on an implied understanding between partners. In other words, Sheri Meyers were both taking a break and agreed to date others at that time. 9 SIGNS SHE MAY BE CHEATING ON Sheri Meyers When a cheating spouse admits to being unfaithful, realizes the pain they've caused Sheri Meyers, and is willing to prove their commitment to the relationship every day, it is possible for a couple to heal and move past infidelity. Your Relationship will, no doubt, feel different. Your Relationship can find a new equilibrium, but Your Relationship will never go back to the way Your Relationship was before the cheating occurred. This is because our brain is wired to retain strong emotional experiences, Hokemeyer said. The partners have to find a new normal. One that doesn't ignore that the betrayal occurred while simultaneously finding a place for it in the narrative of Your Relationship. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS Tammy Nelson said the majority of people will know if Your Relationship is built to last through a breach of trust. Most people ultimately know when Your Relationship has a solid foundation and a loving connection — they know if Your Relationship can survive an affair.

  5. Mark Esper:

    I spoke with the President on Sunday. He gave me the order that Eddie Gallagher will retain his Trident pin.


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