What does Retention mean?

Definitions for Retentionrɪˈtɛn ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Retention.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Retention

    rē-ten′shun, n. act or power of retaining: memory: restraint: custody: preservation: (med.) power of retaining, inability to void: (Scots law) a lien, the right of withholding a debt until a debt due to the claimant is paid.—n. Retent′, that which is retained.—adj. Reten′tive, having power to retain.—adv. Reten′tively.—ns. Reten′tiveness, Retentiv′ity; Reten′tor, a muscle which serves to retain an organ in place.—Magnetic retentiveness, coercive force.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Retention in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Retention in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dimitris Avramopoulos:

    On the data retention directive, the European Commission does not plan to present a new legislative initiative.

  2. Wells Fargo analysts:

    As 2016 approaches, tiering may become pronounced to the point that managers without a clear plan for risk retention may have difficulty issuing.

  3. Siddharth Astir:

    The Heart has the greatest retention power...... Things which touch the heart remain in memory forever, while the others fade away eventually!!!!

  4. Paul Forrester:

    The market is already asking CLO managers what they are going to do, (They are) not waiting for two years from now when risk retention takes hold.

  5. Marije Jongsma:

    Bonded retainers are very commonly used and are a very effective form of retention, since the retainers usually stay in place for an extended period of time, it is very important to find a way to minimize these adverse effects.

Images & Illustrations of Retention

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Translations for Retention

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

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

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