Legal Definition and Related Resources of Retain

Meaning of Retain

To hold or keep that which one already has, not to lose, part with or dismiss it. To detain . To engage an attorney .

Retain Alternative Definition

In practice. To engage the services of an attorney or counsellor to manage a cause. See “Retainer.”

Synonyms of Retain

(Employ), verb

  • book
  • commission
  • contract for
  • engage
  • enlist
  • give a job
  • hire
  • keep
  • keep in pay
  • maintain
  • put to work
  • recruit
  • reserve
  • secure

(Keep in possession), verb

  • bear in mind
  • call up
  • cause to be remembered
  • cling to
  • clutch
  • conservare
  • continue to hold
  • detain
  • grasp
  • have
  • hold
  • hold fast
  • hold in possession
  • impress upon the memory
  • keep
  • keep hold of
  • keep in mind
  • maintain
  • possess
  • preserve
  • put away
  • recall
  • recollect
  • remember
  • reserve
  • save
  • secure
  • sustain
  • tenere
  • withhold

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Retain in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Accept, Chattel Mortgage, Constructive Trust, Contractor, Corruption Of Blood, Detain, , Employ, Implied Contract, , Retainer, Retaining Lien, Right Of Retainer, Scrivener’s Rule, Security.

Translate Hire Or Retain from English to Spanish

Translation of Hire Or Retain , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Contratar and other legal terms is available here.

Translate Retain from English to Spanish

Translation of Retain , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Dar el pago inicial para contratar and other legal terms is available here.


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English Spanish Translation of Retain


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Legal Usage of Retain in English

An European Commission document offers the following explanation about the misused of Retain:Retain means ‘keep’, unless you are talking about lawyers, in which case it means ‘hire’. In European Union texts, it is often used to mean ‘adopt’ or ‘choose’.


‘As this hypothesis was not retained by the social partners, the conclusion will differ144.’


select, choose, adopt, accept.


Further Reading

  • David Mellinkoff, “Mellinkoff’s Dictionary of American Legal Usage”, West Publishing Company, 1992
  • Bryan A. Garner, “A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage”, West Publishing Company, 1995



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