Retain

Definition of Retain

Re`tain´   Pronunciation: rė`tān´
v. t.1.To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to restrain from departure, escape, or the like.
[imp. & p. p. Retained (rė*tānd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Retaining.]
Be obedient, and retain
Unalterably firm his love entire.
- Milton.
An executor may retain a debt due to him from the testator.
- Blackstone.
2.To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor.
A Benedictine convent has now retained the most learned father of their order to write in its defense.
- Addison.
3.To restrain; to prevent.
Retaining wall
(Arch. & Engin.) a wall built to keep any movable backing, or a bank of sand or earth, in its place; - called also retain wall.
v. i.1.To belong; to pertain.
2.To keep; to continue; to remain.

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