Definitions for Retentionrɪˈtɛn ʃən

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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"

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  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 DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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.]

FreebaseRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Retention

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

Translations for Retention

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  • BehaltenGerman
  • 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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