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Definition 1: keep in one's mind - [verb of cognition]

Samples where retain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I cannot retain so much information

(retain is a kind of ...) keep in mind for attention or consideration

"Remember the Alamo" "Remember to call your mother every day!" "Think of the starving children in India!"

Definition 2: secure and keep for possible future use or application - [verb of possession]

Samples where retain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for retain in the sense of this definition

(retain is a kind of ...) retain possession of

"Can I keep my old stuffed animals?" "She kept her maiden name after she married"

(... is a kind of retain ) keep

"She manages to hold down two jobs"

Samples where retain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for retain in the sense of this definition

(retain is a kind of ...) lengthen or extend in duration or space

"We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible" "prolong the treatment of the patient" "keep up the good work"

(retain has a similar meaning as ...) do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop

"We continued our research into the cause of the illness" "The landlord persists in asking us to move"

Definition 4: hold back within - [verb of stative]

Samples where retain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(retain is a kind of ...) contain or hold; have within

"The jar carries wine" "The canteen holds fresh water" "This can contains water"

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