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Verb retain has 4 senses
  1. retain - hold within; "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug for a long time"
    --1 is one way to
    hold, bear, carry, contain
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  2. retain, continue, keep, keep on, keep going - allow to remain in a place or position; "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"
    --2 is one way to prolong, sustain, keep up
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
  3. retain, hold, keep back, hold back - secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
    --3 is one way to keep, hold on
    Derived form: noun retention1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  4. retain - keep in one's mind; "I cannot retain so much information"
    --4 is one way to
    remember, think of
    Derived form: noun retention2
    Sample sentence:
    They won't retain the story
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