- 1 1.1 [datos/información] to keep back, withhold 1.2 [pasaporte/tarjeta] to retain 1.3 [Finanzas/Finance] [Fisco/Tax] [dinero/cuota] to deduct, withhold
- 2 2.1 [policía] [persona] to detain, hold 2.2 (hacer permanecer) no te retendré demasiado tiempo I won't keep you long el maestro nos retuvo the teacher kept us in o/or kept us back after class tres reclusos retuvieron a un funcionario three prisoners held a prison guard hostage ya nada me retiene aquí there's nothing to keep me here now no sabe cómo retener a su marido she doesn't know what to do to hold on to o/or to keep her husband
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In Spain the term castellano, rather than español, refers to the Spanish language as opposed to Catalan, Basque etc. The choice of word has political overtones: castellano has separatist connotations and español is considered centralist. In Latin America castellano is the usual term for Spanish.