1. hold back within

- This soil retains water

- I retain this drug for a long time

- the dam retains the water

Definition categories: stative, bear, carry, contain, hold

2. 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

Similar word(s): continue, keep

Definition categories: social, prolong, sustain

3. secure and keep for possible future use or application

- The landlord retained the security deposit

Similar word(s): hold

Definition categories: possession, keep

4. keep in one's mind

- I cannot retain so much information

Definition categories: cognition, remember