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retained

verb , past tense of retain

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1 to continue to have in one's 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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2 to keep, control, or experience as one's own
  • that author retains the right to veto any changes in his books suggested by his publisher's notoriously intrusive editor
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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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assumed, employed, engaged, feed [chiefly Scottish], hired, laid on [chiefly British], paid, placed, recruited, signed (up or on), took on

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