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(r, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retained (r; p. pr. & vb. n. Retaining.] [F. retainir, L. retinere; pref. re- re- + tenere to hold, keep. See Tenable, and cf. Rein of a bridle, Retention, Retinue.] 1. To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to restrain from departure, escape, or the like. \'bdThy shape invisible retain.\'b8 Shak.
[1913 Webster] Be obedient, and retain
Unalterably firm his love entire.
[1913 Webster] An executor may retain a debt due to him from the testator. Blackstone.
[1913 Webster] 2. To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor.
[1913 Webster] A Benedictine convent has now retained the most learned father of their order to write in its defense. Addison.
[1913 Webster] 3. To restrain; to prevent. [Obs.] Sir W. Temple.
[1913 Webster] 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.
[1913 Webster] Syn. -- To keep; hold; restrain. See Keep.
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v. i. 1. To belong; to pertain. [Obs.]
[1913 Webster] A somewhat languid relish, retaining to bitterness. Boyle.
[1913 Webster] 2. To keep; to continue; to remain. [Obs.] Donne.
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