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EtymologyEdit

From Latin retinēre, present active infinitive of retineō.

VerbEdit

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

  1. to retain, keep.
  2. 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.
  3. to catch.
  4. to hold.

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