v 1: hold on to [syn: reserve
2: hold within; "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug
for a long time"
3: allow to remain in a place or position; "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"
, keep on
, keep going
4: as to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer"
5: keep in one's possession [syn: hold
, keep back
6: keep in one's mind; "I cannot retain so much information"