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retain verb

ADV. still | no longer | somehow Despite the decay the mosque somehow retained a profound grandeur.

VERB + RETAIN be keen to, hope to, want to, wish to | attempt to, seek to, struggle to, try to He struggled to retain control of the situation. | manage to | help (to) | be allowed to, be entitled to, have the right to He was allowed to retain his parliamentary seat.

PREP. as The president retained her as his chief adviser.