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From Middle French, Old French _retenir_, from Vulgar Latin *_retinō, retinīre_, from Latin _retinō, retinere_, from _re-_ + _teneō, tenere_ (“to hold”)

From Middle French, Old French retenir, from Vulgar Latin *retinō, retinīre, from Latin retinō, retinere, from re- + teneō, tenere (to hold)

Dont le dans la catégorieENGLISH - PRONUNCIATION
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* Rhymes: -eɪn

  • Rhymes: -eɪn

Dont le dans la catégorieENGLISH - VERB
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RETAIN (_third-person singular simple present_ RETAINS, _present participle_ RETAINING, _simple past and past participle_ RETAINED) * (transitive) To keep in possession or use. * Milton Be obedient, and RETAIN / Unalterably firm his love entire. * 1856: Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter XI, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling A strange thing was that Bovary, while continually thinking of Emma, was forgetting her. He grew desperate as he felt this image fading from his memory in spite of all efforts to RETAIN it. Yet every night he dreamt of her; it was always the same dream. He drew near her, but when he was about to clasp her she fell into decay in his arms. * (transitive) To keep in one's pay or service. * Addison A Benedictine convent has now RETAINED the most learned father of their order to write in its defence. * (transitive) To employ by paying a retainer. * (transitive) To hold secure. * (obsolete) To restrain; to prevent. (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir W. Temple to this entry?) * (obsolete) To belong; to pertain. * Boyle A somewhat languid relish, RETAINING to bitterness. SYNONYMS * keep RELATED TERMS * retainer, retention TRANSLATIONS

retain (third-person singular simple present retains, present participle retaining, simple past and past participle retained)

  1. (transitive) To keep in possession or use.
  2. (transitive) To keep in one's pay or service.
  3. (transitive) To employ by paying a retainer.
  4. (transitive) To hold secure.
  5. (obsolete) To restrain; to prevent.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir W. Temple to this entry?)
  6. (obsolete) To belong; to pertain.

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* retina * tin ear


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