Retain vs Forhold - What's the difference?

retain | forhold |

In lang=en terms the difference between retain and forhold

is that retain is to hold secure while forhold is to detain; hold up; hold back; retain; withhold; limit.

As verbs the difference between retain and forhold

is that retain is to keep in possession or use while forhold is to detain; hold up; hold back; retain; withhold; limit.




(en verb)
  • To keep in possession or use.
  • * Milton
  • Be obedient, and retain / Unalterably firm his love entire.
  • * 1856 : (Gustave Flaubert), (Madame Bovary), Part III Chapter XI, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
  • A strange thing was that Bovary, while continually thinking of Emma, was forgetting her. He grew desperate as he felt this image fading from his memory in spite of all efforts to retain it. Yet every night he dreamt of her; it was always the same dream. He drew near her, but when he was about to clasp her she fell into decay in his arms.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=1 citation , passage=The original family who had begun to build a palace to rival Nonesuch had died out before they had put up little more than the gateway, so that the actual structure which had come down to posterity retained the secret magic of a promise rather than the overpowering splendour of a great architectural achievement.}}
  • To keep in one's pay or service.
  • * Addison
  • A Benedictine convent has now retained the most learned father of their order to write in its defence.
  • To employ by paying a retainer.
  • To hold secure.
  • (obsolete) To restrain; to prevent.
  • (obsolete) To belong; to pertain.
  • * Boyle
  • A somewhat languid relish, retaining to bitterness.


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  • To detain; hold up; hold back; retain; withhold; limit.
  • * 1682 , Thomas Comber, An historial Vindication of the divine Right of Tithes :
  • King Alfred, his Son, when he made the League Guthran King of the Danes, An.878. made a Law to lay pecuniary Mulcts on all English or Danes, who should detain or forhold their Tithes, the Dane being to forfeit Twenty shillings, [...]
  • * 1912 , United States Congress, Congressional edition - Page 721 :
  • "[...] When the subject of contract is lawful, not public in its character, and the exercise of it is purely private and personal to the parties it can not be forholden or limited by the legislature."
  • * 1964 , Prentice-Hall, inc, Prentice-Hall federal taxes: Volume 3 :
  • Persona with incomes under $600 forheld from their wages.
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  • relation; the manner in which two things may be associated.
  • relationship; a romantic or sexual involvement.
  • proportion; the relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.
  • condition; the state or quality of something, e.g. : weather conditions
  • a ratio
  • Derived terms

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