Definitions for Retentionrɪˈtɛn ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•ten•tionrɪˈtɛn ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of retaining or the state of being retained.

  2. the power to retain; capacity for retaining.

  3. the act or power of remembering things; memory.

Origin of retention:

1350–1400; retencion < L retentiō holding back <reten-, var. s. of retinēre to retain

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


  1. Retention

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

Anagrams of Retention

  1. enter into

Translations for Retention

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of retaining

the retention of information.

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