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retain

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1 to continue to have in oneʼs possession or power

  • I plan to retain the family heirlooms until my own children are mature enough to appreciate them, and then I will lovingly pass them on
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hang on to, hold on to

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2 to keep, control, or experience as oneʼs own

  • that author retains the right to veto any changes in his books suggested by his publisherʼs notoriously intrusive editor
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rejoice in

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3 to provide with a paying job

  • her neighbor retained her as a nanny for the summer, thus giving her something to do until school started again
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assume, employ, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], pay, place, recruit, sign (up or on), take on

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keep, retain, detain, withhold, reserve mean to hold in one's possession or under one's control. keep may suggest a holding securely in one's possession, custody, or control.
    • keep this while I'm gone
retain implies continued keeping, especially against threatened seizure or forced loss.
    • managed to retain their dignity even in poverty
detain suggests a delay in letting go.
    • detained them for questioning
withhold implies restraint in letting go or a refusal to let go.
    • withheld information from the authorities
reserve suggests a keeping in store for future use.
    • reserve some of your energy for the last mile


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