Adjective "retaining" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Continue to have (something); keep possession of.
  1. 'built in 1830, the house retains many of its original features'
  2. 'With age the wines develop an extraordinary smoky complexity while retaining their characteristic tang of acidity.'
  3. 'The opposition argued that a government required the confidence of both houses to retain office.'
  4. 'His compositions have retained a universal popularity and continue to be performed in virtually all corners of the world.'
  5. 'The new textures serve the band's sound accordingly, and enable them to explore new compositional directions while retaining a degree of continuity earlier albums missed.'
  6. 'This light-filled house retains a number of attractive period features, such as high ceilings and ceiling coving, and is new on the books of Sherry FitzGerald in Ranelagh.'
  7. 'A double bedroom to the back of the house retains the original mahogany surround cast-iron fireplace and an en suite bathroom with a bath.'
  8. 'Many seniors continue to retain one valuable asset: their home.'
  9. 'Yet whilst department-store glass sheds its entire financial value the moment it has been bought, antique and more modern glass not only retains value but also possesses a unique social resonance.'
  10. 'Accordingly high quality road connections, both at local and at national level, are critical if the port is to sustain continued growth and retain its current market share.'
  11. 'A good fitness program will help you reduce your body fat while retaining, or even increasing, your muscle mass.'
  12. 'It decided from the start to set itself apart from other lowcost airlines by retaining service features, such as allocated seating, and it sees service quality as a marketing tool to differentiate itself from the herd.'
  13. 'Ownership of the hotel must be retained for seven years in order to avoid a claw-back of relief.'
  14. 'You would retain all other ownership of your work.'
  15. 'Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has signalled that he intends retaining the controversial Groceries Order, despite admitting that abolishing it would bring down prices.'
  16. 'Although the United States vacated its bases, it retains the right to defend the canal against an attack from any source.'
  17. 'This response encourages creators to forego some rights available under copyright law while retaining others.'
  18. 'In other words, although Parliament was repealing the Stamp Act, it retained its right to govern America.'
  19. 'We must ensure that we always retain our democratic right to self-determination, our right to agree or disagree on any question.'
  20. 'Since you never give up ownership, you retain the right to control all of its uses.'
  21. 'For this reason, that system has been retained throughout this article.'
  22. 'From the time of Charlemagne the above-named German tribes lived under Frankish constitution retaining their own old laws, the leges barbarorum, which Charlemagne codified.'
  23. 'If I remember correctly people only retain about 5% of what they read.'
  24. 'But a spectator can hold only so much in memory and is unlikely to retain more than the first three rounds; the succeeding material begins to blur.'
  25. 'Pheadrus is an elf that has been reincarnated from a human thief; he retains most of his memories and skills from when he was a thief as well as skills from his current life as an elf.'
  26. 'I never remembered such a person as this in the few and scattered memories I still retained from my childhood.'
  27. 'Chances are it will help them retain your information better and use it more effectively.'
  28. 'What is the subject matter and how can it be presented in a way that students understand and retain.'
  29. 'It's retaining what I need to know and being able to reapply it where it needs be that's the hard part.'
  30. 'Walking past ever remaining durable pavements over hundreds of years old, she'd retained her past memories.'
  31. 'Whereas Mozart famously detested Salzburg, Zehetmair retains much fonder memories of his home town.'
Absorb and continue to hold (a substance)
  1. 'Carbon-rich organic matter does this by reducing soil erosion while helping soil retain and break down pesticides and excess nutrients.'
  2. 'Although Charon is very small, and would not have much gravity to hold on to an atmosphere, it is so far from the sun and so cold that the researchers speculate some gases could yet be retained.'
  3. 'The excess mineral supplemented to steers in the group fed at six times the NRC recommendation seems not to have been retained by the animal or stored in the liver.'
  4. 'The filtration process works by physically removing the contaminants from the water and retaining them within the filter medium.'
  5. 'The more water a place retains throughout the year, the more complex an ecosystem it can support.'
  6. 'When stalks and roots from an average corn crop are left to deteriorate in a no-till system, more than 1000 pounds of carbon per acre can be retained in the soil as humus.'
  7. 'These toxins prevent the body absorbing nutrients from food, and poison it by retaining waste matter which should have been ‘flushed’ away.'
Keep (something) in place; hold fixed.
  1. 'To ensure the data or slide projector is secure on top of the trolley there is a retaining bar.'
Keep (someone) engaged in one's service.
  1. 'In a way it was a compliment that the Director was so keen to retain him that he was happy to pay him the salary of someone doing the job at least one grade above the actual day to day reality of the work.'
  2. 'Additional vacation time or flex time may help your firm recruit and retain employees, but that's usually an insufficient incentive.'
  3. 'Still, an experienced securities lawyer should be retained to advise on deal terms.'
  4. 'During busy season, overtime is a given and layoffs during slow times may frustrate the ability to recruit and retain skilled employees.'
  5. 'Build loyalty by hiring and retaining good employees and provide them with regular training.'
  6. 'But they also believe that a company's viability depends on recruiting and retaining people who can work, change, and innovate over the long term.'
  7. 'Recruiting and retaining skilled scientists and engineers is no easy task; furthermore, such professionals often seek freedom to interact with their peers in other firms.'
  8. 'Wage and price controls in effect during World War II meant employers had to turn to forms of non-cash compensation to recruit or retain workers.'
  9. 'New owners will have to consider whether to retain him.'
  10. 'The third new direction, increased ethical behavior by businesses, has to do, in part, with recruiting and retaining good people.'
  11. 'Parliamentary hostility forced his resignation shortly afterwards, but the king retained him in his counsels.'
  12. 'retain a barrister to handle the client's business'
  13. 'It appears that solicitors Matheson Ormsby Prentice were retained to provide advice on the framing of the legislation.'
  14. 'On returning to Mobile she retained attorney Norborne R. Clarke to draft a plan based on the Colorado model for a separate juvenile court and detention home in Mobile.'
  15. 'Not yet arrived was Timothy Beach from Lincoln in nearby Logan County, a veteran criminal lawyer retained to assist the prosecution.'
  16. 'Bank sources said that he has retained lawyers in Belfast and Dublin in anticipation of a possible compensation claim against the bank.'
  17. 'Representatives from the company or the law firm it has retained could not be reached for comment this afternoon.'
  18. 'Similarly, given the litigious nature of his business, it would have been great to know the names and phone numbers of the lawyers he had retained.'
  19. 'Surely it is intended to relax the automatic laws of copyright and yet retain some level of recognition and control without having to incur the expense of retaining a copyright lawyer.'

More definitions

1. to keep possession of.

2. to continue to use, practice, etc.: to retain an old custom.

3. to continue to hold or have: to retain a prisoner in custody; a cloth that retains its color.

4. to keep in mind; remember.

5. to hold in place or position.

6. to engage, especially by payment of a preliminary fee: to retain a lawyer.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be retaining in/at/on percents."

"interests can be retaining in/at/on percents."

"walls can be retaining."

"controls can be retaining."

"customers can be retaining."

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(retain)Late Middle English: via Anglo-Norman French from Old French retenir, from Latin retinere, from re- ‘back’ + tenere ‘hold’.