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English definition of “retainer”

retainer

noun [C] uk   /rɪˈteɪ.nər/ us    /-nɚ/
specialized law an amount of money that you pay to someone so as to be sure that that person can work for you when you need them toEarning money and money earned old-fashioned a servant who has usually been with the same family for a long time: a faithful old retainerServants, slaves and underlings
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