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retention

noun re·ten·tion \ri-ˈten(t)-shən\

: the act of keeping someone or something

: the act of keeping extra liquid, heat, etc., inside the body

: the ability to keep something

Full Definition of RETENTION

1
a :  the act of retaining :  the state of being retained
b :  abnormal retaining of a fluid or secretion in a body cavity
2
a :  power of retaining :  retentiveness
b :  an ability to retain things in mind; specifically :  a preservation of the aftereffects of experience and learning that makes recall or recognition possible
3
:  something retained
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Examples of RETENTION

  1. the recruitment and retention of good employees
  2. the retention of profits from all sales
  3. pills to offset water retention
  4. the retention of things learned in school
  5. They say the herb promotes memory retention.

Origin of RETENTION

Middle English retencioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin retention-, retentio, from retinēre to retain — more at retain
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with RETENTION

RETENTION Defined for Kids

retention

noun re·ten·tion \ri-ˈten-shən\

Definition of RETENTION for Kids

1
:  the act of continuing to possess, control, or hold <moisture retention>
2
:  the power or ability to keep or hold something <memory retention>
Medical Dictionary

retention

noun re·ten·tion \ri-ˈten-chən\

Medical Definition of RETENTION

1
:  the act of retaining: as a :  abnormal retaining of a fluid or secretion in a body cavity <retention of urine> <retention of bile> b :  the holding in place of a tooth or dental replacement by means of a retainer
2
:  a preservation of the aftereffects of experience and learning that makes recall or recognition possible

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