Definitions for Retentionrɪˈtɛn ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retention, keeping, holding(noun)

    the act of retaining something

  2. memory, retention, retentiveness, retentivity(noun)

    the power of retaining and recalling past experience

    "he had a good memory when he was younger"

  3. retentiveness, retentivity, retention(noun)

    the power of retaining liquid

    "moisture retentivity of soil"


  1. retention(Noun)

    The act of retaining or something retained

  2. retention(Noun)

    The act or power of remembering things

  3. retention(Noun)

    A memory, what is retained in the mind

  4. retention(Noun)

    The involuntary withholding of urine and faeces

  5. Origin: From retencioun, from retentio, from retentus, the perfect passive participle of retineo (from re- + teneo).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retention(noun)

    the act of retaining, or the state of being ratined

  2. Retention(noun)

    the power of retaining; retentiveness

  3. Retention(noun)

    that which contains something, as a tablet; a //// of preserving impressions

  4. Retention(noun)

    the act of withholding; retraint; reserve

  5. Retention(noun)

    place of custody or confinement

  6. Retention(noun)

    the right of withholding a debt, or of retaining property until a debt due to the person claiming the right be duly paid; a lien

  7. Origin: [L. retentio: cf. F. rtention. See Retain.]


  1. Retention

    The condition of remaining in a place or position or of holding within.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Behalten, BeibehaltungGerman
  • κράτησηGreek
  • retención, retentiva, recuerdoSpanish
  • säilitamineEstonian
  • säilyttäminen, muistaminenFinnish
  • rétentionFrench
  • coinneáilIrish
  • conservazione, ritenzioneItalian
  • geheugen, retentievermogen, memorie, retentie, herinnering, vasthouding, herinneringsvermogenDutch
  • pamięćPolish
  • memorare, amintire, reținere, memorie, retențieRomanian
  • сохранение, задержание, удержание, сохранение в памяти, память, удерживаниеRussian

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