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English definition of “retainer”

retainer

noun [C] /rɪˈteɪ·nər/
an amount of money that you pay to someone in advance so that the person will work for you when needed: He was on a $150,000 retainer from Lloyd's of London. A retainer is also a device that holds something in place. A retainer that you wear in your mouth helps to straighten your teeth.
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