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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·tain /rɪˈten/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 re·tain /rɪˈten/ 及物動詞

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·tain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retained p. pr. & vb. n. Retaining.]
 1. To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to restrain from departure, escape, or the like. “Thy shape invisible retain.”
 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. [Obs.]
 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.
 Syn: -- To keep; hold; restrain. See Keep.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·tain, v. i.
 1. To belong; to pertain. [Obs.]
    A somewhat languid relish, retaining to bitterness.   --Boyle.
 2. To keep; to continue; to remain. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: hold within; "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug
           for a long time"
      2: allow to remain in a place or position; "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"
         [syn: continue, keep, keep on, keep going]
      3: secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The
         landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the
         right to disagree" [syn: hold, keep back, hold back]
      4: keep in one's mind; "I cannot retain so much information"