from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to something that retains something else, as with a retaining wall.
  • v. Present participle of retain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Keeping in possession; serving to retain; keeping back; engaging.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • PINSKY: I think it might be what you call retaining the eye of the tiger.

    CNN Transcript Feb 21, 2006

  • PINSKY: I think it what -- it might be what you call retaining the eye of the tiger.

    CNN Transcript Feb 22, 2006

  • Indiana will receive up to $830,948 over the next four years to provide performance funding used to reward regional, four-year colleges for success in retaining and graduating students.

    Grants Will Support New Methods For Increasing Retention

  • Freshmen senators and legislators don't stand a chance in retaining their "innocence" because they soon see that the way to get things done is behind doors and in dark corners.

    Graham: Dems engaging in 'seedy Chicago politics'

  • Somehow he had succeeded in retaining the tin bucket.


  • I had no hesitation in retaining Michael to take charge of my case as I believed in his total professionalism, work ethic and determination could achieve the optimum result.

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  • For instance, Koestler was unusual in retaining what Michael Scammell calls “fond memories” of the 1919 Communist putsch in Hungary, a botched and bloody business that led many people to actually welcome the advent of the vengeful right as a deliverance.

    The Zealot

  • And England, at the sacrifice of her great colonies, had succeeded only in retaining India.

    Chapter 15: Last Days

  • Restaurant Voisin retaining what little remains of one's sanity

    Jackson Hole, Wyo.

  • In reality policy decisions can be influenced by who supplies campaign funds or other forms of assistence helpful in retaining one's political office.

    2009 January - Telic Thoughts


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