retain meaning


    Definition of retain in English Dictionary

  • VerbSGretainsPRretainingPT, PPretainedPREré-SUF-ain
    1. VT To keep in possession or use.
      1. VT To keep in one's pay or service.
        1. VT To employ by paying a retainer.
          1. VT To hold secure.
            1. OBS To restrain; to prevent.
              1. OBS To belong; to pertain.
              2. More Examples
                1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                  • Unpolished grains that retained their outer coating were a major lynchpin of his 'whole foods'-based diet.
                  • The calcein stain was retained over an annual cycle comprising multiple moults, demonstrating that pterocardiac ossicles retain chronological information.
                  • ...all the hinges of the animal frame are subverted, every animal function is vitiated; the carcass retains but just life enough to make it capable of suffering.
              • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                1. Verbs
                  • Transitive verbs
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                1. en retained
                2. en retains
                3. en retainer
                4. en retainal
                5. en retainage
                Source: Wiktionary

                Meaning of retain for the defined word.

                Grammatically, this word "retain" is a verb, more specifically, a transitive verb.
                Difficultness: Level 2
                Easy     ➨     Difficult
                Definiteness: Level 7
                Definite    ➨     Versatile