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.
adj : designed for (usually temporary) retention; "a holding pen";
"a retaining wall" [syn: holding]