Synonyms for retain

Synonyms for (verb) retain

Synonyms: retain

Definition: keep in one's mind

Usage: I cannot retain so much information

Similar words: think of, remember

Definition: keep in mind for attention or consideration

Usage: Remember the Alamo; Remember to call your mother every day!; Think of the starving children in India!


Synonyms: keep back, hold, hold back, retain

Definition: secure and keep for possible future use or application

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

Similar words: hold on, keep

Definition: retain possession of

Usage: Can I keep my old stuffed animals?; She kept her maiden name after she married


Synonyms: continue, retain, keep, keep on

Definition: allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

Usage: 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

Similar words: prolong, keep up, sustain

Definition: lengthen or extend in duration or space

Usage: We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible; prolong the treatment of the patient; keep up the good work


Synonyms: retain

Definition: hold back within

Usage: This soil retains water; I retain this drug for a long time; the dam retains the water

Similar words: hold, carry, contain, bear

Definition: contain or hold; have within

Usage: The jar carries wine; The canteen holds fresh water; This can contains water