retention

noun
re·​ten·​tion | \ ri-ˈten(t)-shən How to pronounce retention (audio) \

Definition of retention

1a : the act of retaining : the state of being retained
b : abnormal retaining of a fluid or secretion in a body cavity
2a : 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

Examples of retention in a Sentence

the recruitment and retention of good employees the retention of profits from all sales pills to offset water retention the retention of things learned in school They say the herb promotes memory retention.
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Recent Examples on the Web Even states with strong government involvement struggle with examiner retention and burnout. NBC News, "After a sexual assault, where can you get a medical and forensic exam?," 29 Dec. 2020 Sheriff Javier Salazar said as much in a recent Zoom call with reporters, noting the problem with retention. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Bexar County Jail’s high staffing turnover, excessive overtime sure to be major focus for county in 2021," 21 Dec. 2020 The city wasn’t built with retention, so everything has to be retrofitted. John Benson, cleveland, "North Olmsted selects CT Consultants for flood-mitigation project," 17 Dec. 2020 To help with retention, Wisconsin should also increase officer wellness support. Ryan J. Owens, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Wisconsin's law enforcement officers are leaving in droves. Here's what we can do to keep communities safe.," 26 Nov. 2020 The inside of the suitcase boasts a large open area with elastic retention straps for securing your clothes or packing cubes into place, as well as mesh stash pockets for organizing smaller items. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "50+ amazing gifts that men actually want," 24 Nov. 2020 Pick one that feels good in your hand, with dependable edge retention and sturdy construction. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Personal Defense Tools and Weapons That Could Save Your Life in an Emergency," 4 Nov. 2020 Many companies have homed in on retention to justify bonuses because they cannot be attached to traditional motivators like sales targets or stock valuations during bankruptcy. Dallas News, "Before filing for bankruptcy, 18 companies hand out $135 million in executive bonuses," 26 Oct. 2020 Many companies have homed in on retention to justify bonuses because they cannot be attached to traditional motivators like sales targets or stock valuations during bankruptcy. Washington Post, "Bonuses before bankruptcy: Companies doled out millions to executives before filing for Chapter 11," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of retention

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for retention

Middle English retencioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin retention-, retentio, from retinēre to retain — more at retain

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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Retention.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retention. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for retention

retention

noun
How to pronounce retention (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of retention

formal
: the act of keeping someone or something
: the act of keeping extra liquid, heat, etc., inside the body
: the ability to keep something

retention

noun
re·​ten·​tion | \ ri-ˈten-shən How to pronounce retention (audio) \

Kids Definition of retention

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

retention

noun
re·​ten·​tion | \ ri-ˈten-chən How to pronounce retention (audio) \

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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retention

noun
re·​ten·​tion | \ ri-ˈten-chən How to pronounce retention (audio) \

Legal Definition of retention

1 : the act of retaining or the state of being retained
2 : the portion of the insurance on a particular risk not reinsured or ceded by the originating insurer

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