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retain (something) over (someone or something)

To hold onto or continue to have control, power, influence, etc., over someone, something, or some group. I'm stepping away from the day-to-day business of the company, but I still retain control over any major decisions. I know Sarah's mother retains a lot of influence over her, even though they live in different parts of the country.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

retain something over someone or something

to keep or maintain something, such as power or control, over someone or something. Tony found a way to retain control over Fred. I wish to retain veto power over the committee.
See also: over, retain
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Herein, we describe a patient who showed the patency capsule's retainment in the colon.
It is far more rewarding and will provide far deeper learning and retainment of knowledge by the user when compared against purely using physical written or rote learning, even via a video or television programme, as they are choosing what they are learning.
The ability of curcumin to suppress the formation of mature fibrils has been observed through the retainment of NMR signal intensity of the amide peaks in the presence of curcumin, which was significantly reduced in the absence of the small molecule [65].
The authors more specifically identify the positives of such a plan: looking at potential and talent gaps can help your business realise what you need and what will be needed for success; helping employees in terms of relevant self-development can improve engagement, morale, productivity and retainment; succession plans save lost money in terms of time and interviews when someone leaves and they can help a business to avoid the adjustment and learning time an outsider may encounter.
Finally, research articles have described examination of: the varying and dissimilar motivations and experiences of--female--employees across different forms of care work (Chesters & Baxter 2011); job satisfaction, professional identity and commitment (Martin 2007); and emotional labour (King 2012) in the aged care sector, and have provided assessments of how these factors connect to employee retainment.
In reversed-phase mode, which uses a hydrophobic stationary phase, it's known that proteins and peptides with higher-order structure are denatured in the course of retainment on the stationary phase after introduction to the column.
The retainment of the critical characteristics of the whole system in equivalent process is of great importance to the effectiveness of the subsequently designed controller.
Addressing the "Sindh's Promise to its Children," document signing ceremony, hosted by Alif Ailaan, an NGO working for the cause of education, Khuhro said all political parties are on board vis-a-vis increased school enrolment, its retainment and improved quality of education in the province.
Moreover, it showed 78% of the initial enzyme activity after 6 weeks of storage at 4[degrees]C as compared to the retainment of 40% activity by the soluble [beta]-galactosidase under identical conditions (Figure 6).
The partial degradation of the tube and its encapsulation were surprising findings, and we believe they are consistent with prolonged retainment.
* Talent management that assists in employee recruitment, selection and retainment;
* Research - university policy relating to retainment and recruitment of the researchers, to divisions and departments in the development and implementation of the research plans, to the development of a supportive research environment in which students, at every stage of their career can flourish
In the present case, all the permanent first and second molars had erupted in patient while many succedaneous teeth were impacted, suggesting the retainment of deciduous teeth as the primary culprit.
Corneal opacity of non-ulcerated area (figure 2) and ulcerated area (figure 6) are of important factors denoting better corneal wound healing and goes parallel with sooner vision retainment. Also Corel software aided ulcerated area diameter measurements showed significant diameter reduction in treatment group in compare to other two, but also positive control group showed better performance in compare to negative control group (figure 5).