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  • keep in one's mind
    • I cannot retain so much information
  • secure and keep for possible future use or application
    • The landlord retained the security deposit
    • I reserve the right to disagree
  • allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
    • 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
  • hold back within
    • This soil retains water
    • I retain this drug for a long time
    • the dam retains the water
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