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re·tain·er 1

 (rĭ-tā′nər)
n.
1. One that retains, as a device, frame, or groove that restrains or guides.
2. Dentistry An appliance used to hold teeth in position after orthodontic treatment.
3.
a. An employee, typically a long-term employee.
b. A servant or an attendant, especially one in the household of a person of high rank.

re·tain·er 2

 (rĭ-tā′nər)
n.
1. The act of engaging the services of a professional adviser, such as an attorney, counselor, or consultant.
2. The fee paid to retain a professional adviser.
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retainer

(rɪˈteɪnə)
n
1. (Historical Terms) history a supporter or dependant of a person of rank, esp a soldier
2. a servant, esp one who has been with a family for a long time
3. (Mechanical Engineering) a clip, frame, or similar device that prevents a part of a machine, engine, etc, from moving
4. (Dentistry) a dental appliance for holding a loose tooth or prosthetic device in position
5. a fee paid in advance to secure first option on the services of a barrister, jockey, etc
6. a reduced rent paid for a flat, room, etc, during absence to reserve it for future use
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re•tain•er1

(rɪˈteɪ nər)

n.
1. one that retains.
2. a servant or attendant who has been with a family for many years.
3. (esp. in feudal times) a person attached to a noble household and owing it occasional service.
4. any of various devices for maintaining the position of the natural teeth, attaching or stabilizing a denture, etc.
[1530–40]

re•tain•er2

(rɪˈteɪ nər)

n.
1. the act of retaining in one's service.
2. the fact of being retained.
3. a fee paid to secure services, as of a lawyer.
[1425–75; reteinir, probably n. use of Middle French retenir to retain; see -er3]
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retainer

the fee paid to a professional person, as a lawyer, to engage his services.
See also: Dues and Payment
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retainer - a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone
fee - a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services
quid pro quo, quid - something for something; that which a party receives (or is promised) in return for something he does or gives or promises
2.retainer - a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)retainer - a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
worker - a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"
body servant - a valet or personal maid
cabin boy - a young man acting as a servant on a ship
domestic, domestic help, house servant - a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
factotum - a servant employed to do a variety of jobs
familiar - a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
flunkey, flunky, lackey - a male servant (especially a footman)
major-domo, seneschal - the chief steward or butler of a great household
manservant - a man servant
menial - a domestic servant
scullion - a kitchen servant employed to do menial tasks (especially washing)
servant girl, serving girl - a girl who is a servant
3.retainer - a dental appliance that holds teeth (or a prosthesis) in position after orthodontic treatment
dental appliance - a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth
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retainer

noun
1. fee, advance, deposit, partial payment, retaining fee I'll need a five-hundred-dollar retainer.
2. servant, domestic, attendant, valet, supporter, dependant, henchman, footman, lackey, vassal, flunky the ever-faithful family retainer
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Translations

retainer

[rɪˈteɪnəʳ] N
1. (= servant) → criado/a m/f
family retainer; old retainerviejo criado m (que lleva muchos años sirviendo en la misma familia)
2. (= fee) → anticipo m; (= payment on flat, room) → depósito m, señal f (para que se guarde el piso etc)
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

retainer

[rɪˈteɪnər] n
(= fee) → acompte m
(old-fashioned) (= servant) → serviteur mretaining wall nmur m de soutènement
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

retainer

n
(old: = servant) → Faktotum nt
(= fee)Vorschuss m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

retainer

[rɪˈteɪnəʳ] n
a. (fee) → onorario (versato in anticipo)
b. (servant) → servitore m
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

re·tain·er

n. [dentistry] aro, freno de retención.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

retainer

n (orthodontics) retenedor m
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References in periodicals archive ?
The cast was then surveyed, designed to receive a mesial rest on 24 with cast clasp assembly, the rest seat was extended on the cingulam of canine that is 23 to act as an indirect retainer, I bar placed on 13.
In 24 patients conventional means of retentions like clasp, indirect retainer, utilization of retentive under cuts, proper extension of prosthesis were used.
For achievement of retention in obturator various types of direct retainers in the form of conventional clasps or indirect retainer can be used.