Pronunciation: (ri-tān'), [key]
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, esp. by payment of a preliminary fee: to retain a lawyer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.