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"retainer" in British English

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retainernoun [C]

uk   /rɪˈteɪ.nər/  us   /rɪˈteɪ.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 to
old-fashioned a ​servant who has usually been with the same ​family for a ​longtime: a ​faithful old retainer
(Definition of retainer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"retainer" in American English

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retainernoun [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 ​yourmouthhelps to ​straightenyourteeth.
(Definition of retainer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"retainer" in Business English

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retainernoun [C or U]

uk   us   /rɪˈteɪnər/ MANAGEMENT, HR
an ​amount of ​money that you ​pay to a ​lawyer, consultant (= someone ​paid to give ​expertadvice or ​training), etc. in ​order to be sure that they can ​work for you when you need them to: The ​firmretained White as a ​consultant, paying him a $5,000 retainer.get/be on/receive a retainer Penn's ​firm is on a retainer of $15,000 to $20,000 ​per month. An ​elite 15% of all ​headhunters are on retainer, ​reaping two-thirds of their ​pay up ​front. an annual/monthly retainer
(Definition of retainer from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “retainer”
in Chinese (Simplified) 聘用定金, (服务多年的)仆人,佣人…
in Chinese (Traditional) 聘用定金, (服務多年的)僕人,傭人…
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