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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 long time: 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 your mouth helps to straighten your teeth.
(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 expert advice or training), etc. in order to be sure that they can work for you when you need them to: The firm retained 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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