Meaning of retain

re•tain

Pronunciation: (ri-tān'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to keep possession of.
  2. to continue to use, practice, etc.: to retain an old custom.
  3. to continue to hold or have: to retain a prisoner in custody; a cloth that retains its color.
  4. to keep in mind; remember.
  5. to hold in place or position.
  6. to engage, esp. by payment of a preliminary fee: to retain a lawyer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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