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a       vt  
1    (=no dejar marchar)   to keep  
[la policía]  
to detain, hold  
lo retiene su familia      his family is what keeps him there  
no intentes retenerme porque pienso ir      don't try and keep o stop me because I'm going  
retuvieron a los inmigrantes en la aduana      they held o detained the immigrants at customs  
una llamada de última hora me retuvo en la oficina      a last-minute phone call held me up o kept me back at the office  
retener a algn preso      to hold o keep sb prisoner  
2    (=conservar)  
  [+datos, información]  
to withhold  
to retain  
el Atlético ha conseguido retener el título de Liga      Atlético managed to hold on to o keep o retain the league title  
3    (=memorizar)   to retain  
es incapaz de retener los nombres de la gente      he's incapable of retaining people's names  
4      (Fin)  
to deduct
5      [+calor]   to retain  
to hold  
no puede retener la orina      he can't hold his water  
6    frm  
  [+atención, interés]  
to retain
7    frm  
  [+deseo, pasión]  
to restrain  
to hold
b    retenerse      vpr   to restrain o.s.
Translation Spanish - English Collins Dictionary  
retener a algn preso exp.
to hold {o} keep sb prisoner

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Collaborative Dictionary     Spanish-English
he can't hold his water
'retener' also found in translations in English-Spanish dictionary
retener a algn en la esclavitud
retener una libra del pago a algn
retener diez libras del sueldo de algn
los puntos a retener son los siguientes ...
1) retener (vt), 2) denegar (vt)
1) rechazar (vt), 2) retener (vt)
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"retener": examples and translations in context
Creo que jamás conseguiré retener su nombre. I think I'll never get retain its name.
Luchaban por retener la posibilidad de extender indefinidamente sus privilegios. They were fighting to retain the possibility of indefinitely extending their privileges.
Estoy emocionado de poder retener comida. I'm actually excited to hold food down.
No queremos retener a los kressari. We don't want to hold up the Kressari.
No tenían que retener impuestos ni seguro social. They didn't have to withhold Social Security or taxes.
No tenías derecho a retener pruebas. You had no right to withhold evidence from me.
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