Definition of retention
1a : the act of retaining : the state of being retainedb : abnormal retaining of a fluid or secretion in a body cavity
2a : power of retaining : retentivenessb : 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.
Recent Examples of retention from the Web
Any dollar spent beyond that – except for a $2,500 retention bonus that does not count toward the Reds' bonus pool – would incur a 75-percent tax.
This is common because of many factors, including muscle mass and water retention, influence weight.
CBS affiliate WKMG-TV reports the hot air balloon, which was operated by Orlando Balloon Rides, tipped over in a retention pond on Monday morning.
Not even the bill’s more generous premium subsidies (relative to the House bill), its two-year retention of extra Obamacare cost-sharing subsidies or its repeal of nearly all the ACA taxes won over the insurance industry.
Testerman suggested the county consider installing a stormwater retention pond on the Graham site, which is not part of the plans that were reviewed Wednesday.
A man found dead in a retention pond in Crystal Lake earlier this week likely died from drowning, according to preliminary findings by the McHenry County coroner's office.
The owner told police someone may be hunting geese in the area as there is a retention pond to the northeast of his property, according to the police report.
During her time with her mentors, Ymeraga developed a strategic plan for her business and a talent and retention plan.
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RETENTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of retention for English Language Learners
: the act of keeping someone or something
: the act of keeping extra liquid, heat, etc., inside the body
: the ability to keep something
RETENTION Defined for Kids
Definition of retention for Students
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 Definition of retention
1: the act of retaining: asa: abnormal retaining of a fluid or secretion in a body cavity retention of urine retention of bileb: 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
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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