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Overview of verb retain

The verb retain has 4 senses? (first 3 from tagged texts)
1. (2) retain

(hold back within; "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug for a long time"; "the dam retains the water")

2. (2) retain, continue, keep, keep on

(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")

3. (1) 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")

4. retain

(keep in one's mind; "I cannot retain so much information")

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