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 Duncan also addressed flood mitigation efforts that include detention/retention and conveyance. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy Area Chamber hosts post-Harvey program," 15 Jan. 2020 Carbon also improves tensile strength, wear resistance, and edge retention. Popular Science, "A deep dive into how knife blades are made," 15 Jan. 2020 Merenda will lead the acquisition and retention of administration partnerships with film, TV, broadcast and digital media companies in the U.S. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Moves at Sony/ATV, Anthem, Primary Wave & More," 10 Jan. 2020 The petition found failure in the recruitment, hiring and retention of Latino faculty and administrators and described a university that hasn’t embraced its identity as Hispanic-serving. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: UTSA grappling with how to be truly Hispanic-serving," 9 Jan. 2020 Carbon also improves tensile strength, wear resistance, and edge retention. Matt Foster, Field & Stream, "How High-Quality Knife Steel is Made," 8 Jan. 2020 And widely used voice assistants made by Google, Amazon and Apple all came under scrutiny in 2019 for data retention practices that allowed employees and contractors to listen to users’ audio recordings. Washington Post, "CES Gadget Show: Surveillance is in - and in a big way," 6 Jan. 2020 And developers are planning to build retention structures under the parking lots to help store stormwater onsite, said Paul Babcock, director of the office of public health and safety. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "City wants to bend its own rules meant to protect waterways, residents fight back," 1 Jan. 2020 Many small businesses have found that offering retirement plans to employees increases employee retention and improves company culture. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "BusinessWise: Small businesses should pay attention to SECURE Act," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Retention.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retention?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=r&file=retent01. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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