retain has definitions from the fields of law,work
1
[ verb ] obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance

Synonyms

hold reserve

Examples

"We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"

Used in print

(Barry Goldwater, "A Foreign Policy for America"...)

The second stage is to retain the nominal classification of `` neutralist '' , while in_fact turning the country into an active advocate and adherent of Soviet policy .

(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)

Hercule_Poirot and Lord_Peter_Whimsey ( the respective creations of Agatha_Christie and Dorothy_Sayers ) have retained Holmes ' egotism but not his zest for life and eccentric habits .

Surrounded by crime and violence everywhere , the `` hardboiled '' private_eye can retain his purity only through a life of self-imposed isolation .

If the detective insists upon retaining his personal standards , he must now do so in conscious defiance of his society .

(U.S. Reports. Volume 366. Cases Adjudged in the...)

Under its plan du_Pont would retain its General_Motors shares but be required to pass_on to its stockholders the right_to_vote those shares .

2
[ verb ] allow to remain in a place or position

Examples

"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"

Used in print

(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)

Early in the war it was not uncommon for planters ' sons to retain in camp Negro `` body_servants '' to perform the menial chores such_as cooking , foraging , cleaning the quarters , shining shoes , and laundering clothes .

(Doris Miles Disney, Mrs. Meeker's Money....)

Two millions were added to what had been set_aside for it in Mrs._Meeker 's lifetime , and the proviso made that as long as Brian_Thayer continued to discharge his duties as administrator of the fund to the satisfaction of the board_of_trustees ( hereinafter appointed by the bank administering the estate ) he was to be retained in his present capacity at a salary commensurate with the increased responsibilities enlargement of the fund would entail .

3
[ verb ] hold within

Examples

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

Used in print

(Hugh Kelly and Ted Ziehe, "Glossary Lookup Made Easy"...)

Entries are summarized only_when by doing so the amount of information retained in the dictionary is reduced and the time required for dictionary operations is decreased .

Related terms

hold

4
[ verb ] (law,work) as to represent; of legal counsel

Synonyms

engage

Examples

"I'm retaining a lawyer"

Used in print

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)

Gov._John_M._Dalton , himself a lawyer and a man of long service in government , spoke with rich background and experience when he said in an address here that lawyers ought to quit sitting in the Missouri General_Assembly , or quit accepting fees from individuals and corporations who have controversies with or axes_to_grind with the government and who are retained , not because of their legal talents , but because of their government influence .

Related terms

hire

5
[ verb ] secure and keep for possible future use or application

Examples

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

Used in print

(Rhode Island Legislative Council. Research Report...)

This tied_in closely with the current attempt to upgrade state-owned cars to the extent that vehicles are not retained beyond the point where maintenance costs ( in light of depreciation ) become excessive .

6
[ verb ] keep in one's mind

Examples

"I cannot retain so much information"

Related terms

remember memory

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