1. Hold back within (synset 202707488)
    "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug for a long time"; "the dam retains the water"
  2. Allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature (synset 202415305)
    "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"; "She retained her composure"; "this garment retains its shape even after many washings"
  3. Secure and keep for possible future use or application (synset 202288169)
    "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
  4. Keep in one's mind (synset 200611564)
    "I cannot retain so much information"

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