Reserve and Retain


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Reserve verb – To continue to have in one's possession or power.
Usage example: I'm reserving the right to work by myself if you don't do your share of the project

Retain is a synonym for reserve in keep topic. In some cases you can use "Retain" instead a verb "Reserve", when it comes to topics like action, save, put by, hold for future use. popular alternative
Nearby Words: reserved, reservation, reserving, reservist
Synonyms for Reserve


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Retain verb – To continue to have in one's possession or power.
Usage example: I plan to retain the family heirlooms until my own children are mature enough to appreciate them, and then I will lovingly pass them on

Reserve is a synonym for retain in keep topic. You can use "Reserve" instead the word "Retain" as a verb or a noun, if it concerns topics such as hire, maintain, action, save. popular alternative
Nearby Words: retainer, retaining
Synonyms for Retain

Common collocations

sympathy reserve sympathy retain sympathy
control reserve control retain control
number reserve number retain number
time reserve time retain time
Other nouns: use, freedom, names, powers.
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