Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb retain

4 senses of retain

Sense 1
retain -- (hold back within; "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug for a long time"; "the dam retains the water")
       => hold, bear, carry, contain -- (contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water")

Sense 2
retain, continue, keep, keep on -- (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")
       => prolong, sustain, keep up -- (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")

Sense 3
retain, hold, keep back, hold back -- (secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree")
       => keep, hold on -- (retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married")

Sense 4
retain -- (keep in one's mind; "I cannot retain so much information")
       => remember, think 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!")

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