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Retain meaning

RETAIN is a mainframe based database system, accessed via IBM 3270 terminals (or more likely, emulators), used internally within IBM providing service support to IBM field personnel and customers.


  1. (v. t.) To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor.
  2. (v. t.) To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to retrain from departure, escape, or the like.
  3. (v. t.) To restrain; to prevent.
  4. (v. i.) To belong; to pertain.
  5. (v. i.) To keep; to continue; to remain.
Word: re·tain
Pronunciation of retain: ri-'tAn
Function of retain: transitive verb
Origin of retain: Middle English reteinen, retainen, from Middle French retenir, from Latin retinEre to hold back, keep, restrain, from re- tenEre to hold -- more at THIN
1 a : to keep in possession or use b : to keep in one's pay or service; specifically : to employ by paying a retainer c : to keep in mind or memory : REMEMBER
2 : to hold secure or intact
synonym see KEEP

Synonyms of retain

Continue, Engage, Hold, Keep, Reserve,