Textual thesaurus for "retain"

(verb) keep back, hold, hold back

secure and keep for possible future use or application

The landlord retained the security deposit; I reserve the right to disagree

(verb) 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