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the act of retaining something
allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature; "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"; "She retained her composure"; "this garment retains its shape even after many washings"
the responsibility of a guardian or keeper; "he left his car in my keeping"
keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
conformity or harmony; "his behavior was not in keeping with the occasion"
stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"