ten-, tent-, tin-, -tain, -tainment, -tenance, -tinence

(Latin: hold, grasp, have)

pertinaciously
pertinacity
pertinent
pertinently
purtenance
Qui transtulit sustinet.
He who transplanted still sustains.

Motto of the State of Connecticut, USA. Further meaning: "God brought us here and still looks after us" or "God brought us here and still takes care of us."

rein (s). reins (pl)
1. A strap, or each half of a strap, by which a horse is controlled by its rider or by the driver of a coach or cart which it is pulling.
2. Any means of guiding, controlling, or restraining someone or something.
3. A strap or harness that fits around the body of a very young child, with straps attached so the youngster can be controlled and guided; especially, when going for a walk outside.
4. To give free rein to someone or something is to allow a person or something complete freedom by imposing no restraints or limitations.
5. To have or to keep a tight rein on someone or something means to maintain strict control.
6. To take up the reins refers to taking charge of something or someone.
7. Etymology: from Old French retenir, from Latin retinere, "to hold back,"; from re-, "back" + tenere, "to hold".
retain
1. To keep possession of something or to continue to keep something in one's possession.
2. To be able to keep ideas or information in the memory; that is, to remember.
3. To keep or to hold something in a place or position; or to maintain in use, practice, etc.
4. To be able to hold or to accumulate something; especially, liquid.
5. To pay someone regularly to do work.
6. To pay a preliminary fee to reserve the services of an attorney, accountant, or other professional whenever needed.
retainable
retainer
1. In mechanics, a device for holding the parts of ball or roller bearings in place.
2. A fee paid, or the agreement made, to employ an attorney to serve in a suit; a retaining fee.
3. A similar fee paid to anyone to retain his services.
4. A fee paid to reserve the services of a professional; such as, an attorney or accountant, whenever one is needed.
5. A fixed or removable device worn in the mouth to hold the teeth in their new position during the adaptive period after straightening appliances have been removed following an orthodontic treatment.
6. In former times, a soldier or someone else who supported or was dependent on a person of high rank; also, a servant or attendant who has served a family for many years.
retaining wall, breast wall
1. A wall to prevent, to hold back, or to keep the material of an embankment from sliding.
2. A wall built to keep or to hold earth or water in place.
3. A wall that is built to resist lateral pressure; especially, a wall built to prevent the advance of a mass of earth.
4. A wall that holds back a hillside or is back-filled to create a level surface; as at the edge of a terrace or an excavation.
retention
retentive (adjective), more retentive, most retentive
1. Concerning the ability to remember things easily or for a long time: Ray's mother was known to have a retentive memory despite her old age of 95 years.
2. Etymology: from Latin retent from retinere, "to retain."
Conveying the power to have a retentive mind.
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A reference to having the capacity to remember things from a long time ago.
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retentivity
retinue (s) (noun), retinues (pl)
1. The retainers or attendants accompanying a high-ranking person: The chief executive of the company was traveling in a private aircraft with his retinue of advisors and secretaries.
2. The group following and attending to what some important person wants to be done: The publisher had her retinue of compilers, editors, and illustrators working together on how to make the special publications of educational materials more interesting for the students so they could benefit more from the books.
A group of attendants who take care of things for a person.
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