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French translation of “retain”

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retain

verb /rəˈtein/
to continue to have, use, remember etc; to keep in one’s possession, memory etc
retenir, conserver
He finds it difficult to retain information These dishes don’t retain heat very well.
to hold (something) back or keep (something) in its place
retenir
This wall was built to retain the water from the river in order to prevent flooding.
Translations of “retain”
in Korean 보유하다…
in Arabic يَحتفِظ…
in Italian mantenere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 保持, 保留, 保有…
in Russian сохранять, удерживать…
in Turkish muhafaza etmek, tutmak, elinden kaçırmamak…
in Polish zatrzymywać, zachowywać…
in Spanish retener, conservar…
in Portuguese reter…
in German bewahren, zurückhalten…
in Catalan mantenir…
in Japanese ~を持ち続ける, 保持する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 保持, 保留, 保有…
(Definition of retain from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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