- v hold back within
This soil retains water
I retain this drug for a long time
the dam retains the water
- v allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
She retains a lawyer
She retained her composure
this garment retains its shape even after many washings
- v secure and keep for possible future use or application
The landlord retained the security deposit
- v keep in one's mind
I cannot retain so much information
- After Germany become the first team to retain the Women's Soccer World Cup, a look back on the best of the action from this year's tournament.
- The key is that the 'heroes' actually retain their sentience, so they appreciate the horrific nature of their actions, they just can't calm their insatiable hunger for human flesh.
- A new study suggests that idly doodling during meetings or boring lectures helps people pay attention and retain more information.