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retain
verb (retained , retaining )
1 to keep or continue to have something retain a sense of humour .
2 to be able, or continue, to hold or contain something retains moisture .
3 said of a person: to be able to remember (facts, information, etc) easily.
4 to hold something back or keep it in place.
5 to secure the services of (a person, especially a barrister) by paying a preliminary fee.
6 to keep something for future use by paying a small charge.
[14c: from French retenir , from Latin retinere to hold back]
retainable adjective .
retainment noun .


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