CET4 TEM4 IELTS GRE 考 研 TOEFL CET6
1. re- "back" + -tain.
2. => hold back, keep back.
3. => continue keeping, keep possession of, keep in the mind.
4. => keep (another) attached to one's person, keep in service.
- retain (v.)
- late 14c., "hold back, restrain;" c. 1400, "continue keeping, keep possession of," from Old French retenir "keep, retain; take into feudal service; hold back; remember" (12c.), from Latin retinere "hold back, keep back, detain, restrain," from re- "back" (see re-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Meaning "keep (another) attached to one's person, keep in service" is from mid-15c.; specifically of lawyers from 1540s. Meaning "keep in the mind" is from c. 1500. Related: Retained; retaining.
- 1. Daily facial exercises help her to retain the skin's elasticity.
- 2. Disney will retain a 51 percent controlling interest in the venture.
- 3. Vegetables should retain some firmness and should not be soggy and waterlogged.
- 4. He decided to retain him for the trial.
- 5. He is likely to retain the England captaincy.
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