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1. retain

verb. ['rɪˈteɪn, riːˈteɪn'] allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature.

Synonyms

  • keep on
  • prolong
  • continue
  • keep
  • keep up
  • sustain

Antonyms

  • let
  • change
  • free
  • break

Etymology

  • retenir (French)

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Words that Rhyme with Retain

  • st_germain
  • legerdemain
  • st_germaine
  • preordain
  • lamontagne
  • lafountaine
  • lafountain
  • inhumane
  • constrain
  • restrain
  • overtrain
  • mcswain
  • explain
  • complain
  • champlain
  • aquitaine
  • ukraine
  • tremaine
  • sylvain
  • sustain
  • spokane
  • sartain
  • retrain
  • refrain
  • profane
  • partain
  • mustain
  • mundane
  • mcwain
  • mcshane

Example sentences of the word retain


1. Verb, base form
If you have room in the refrigerator, keep the watermelon cool before and after slicing to retain firmness.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
The sugar in the pear juice will help the canned fruit retain its color, texture and shape.

Quotes containing the word retain


1. One question about a joke is, how well is the strangeness of the situation resolved? At 'The New Yorker', we retain a lot of incongruity, tapping the playful part of the mind - Monty Python-type stuff. We also try to use humor as a vehicle for communicating ideas. Not editorial comment, but observation.
- Robert Mankoff

2. Grace is what picks me up and lifts my wings high above and I fly! Grace always conquers! Be graceful in everything; in anger, in sadness, in joy, in kindness, in unkindness, retain grace with you!
- C. JoyBell C.

3. God surely did not create us, and cause us to live, with the sole end of wishing always to die. I believe, in my heart, we were intended to prize life and enjoy it, so long as we retain it. Existence never was originally meant to be that useless, blank, pale, slow-trailing thing it often becomes to many, and is becoming to me, among the rest.
- Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

2. retain

verb. ['rɪˈteɪn, riːˈteɪn'] hold back within.

Synonyms

  • bear
  • hold
  • carry

Antonyms

  • negate
  • disprove
  • deny
  • act

Etymology

  • retenir (French)

3. retain

verb. ['rɪˈteɪn, riːˈteɪn'] secure and keep for possible future use or application.

Synonyms

  • hold on
  • hold down
  • keep
  • hold
  • keep back

Antonyms

  • shorten
  • stay in place
  • allow
  • attack

Etymology

  • retenir (French)

4. retain

verb. ['rɪˈteɪn, riːˈteɪn'] keep in one's mind.

Synonyms

  • remember

Antonyms

  • refrain
  • discontinue

Etymology

  • retenir (French)
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