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Principal Translations
retener vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (tener apresado)hold prisoner vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 El ladrón retuvo a dos clientes como rehenes.
retener vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (almacenar en la mente)retain vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Retiene en su memoria todos los detalles del encuentro.
 
Additional Translations
retener vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (parar el avance)hold back vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
  contain vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  retain vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Parece que el dique improvisado retiene el lodo.
retener vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (contener, refrenar)restrain vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (emotions)contain vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Retén tus pasiones; no permitas que te dominen.
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retener documentos withhold documents
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