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Borrowed from Latin retinēre, with conjugation based on tener.


  • IPA(key): /reteˈneɾ/ [re.t̪eˈneɾ]
  • Rhymes: -eɾ
  • Syllabification: re‧te‧ner


retener (first-person singular present retengo, first-person singular preterite retuve, past participle retenido)

  1. to retain, to remember
    Synonym: detentar
  2. to withhold, hold, to keep
    Synonyms: guardar, mantener, quedar
  3. to hold back
    No tengo muy claro si es lo que realmente quiero, por una parte quiero abrazarte y besarte, pero algo me retiene, no sé el que.
    I'm not sure if it is what I really want, because a part of me wants to hug you and kiss you, but something, I don't know what, is holding me back.
  4. to catch, to detain
  5. (chemistry) to sequester


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