retention


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re·ten·tion

 (rĭ-tĕn′shən)
n.
1. The act of retaining or the condition of being retained: the retention of nutrients in the soil; the retention of jobs in the city.
2. The practice of requiring a student to repeat a class or a year of school because of insufficient educational progress to advance.
3. The ability to recall or recognize what has been learned or experienced; memory.
4. The inability of a person or animal to eliminate a bodily waste.

[Middle English retencioun, from Old French retention, from Latin retentiō, retentiōn-, from retentus, past participle of retinēre, to retain; see retain.]

retention

(rɪˈtɛnʃən)
n
1. the act of retaining or state of being retained
2. the capacity to hold or retain liquid
3. the capacity to remember
4. (Pathology) pathol the abnormal holding within the body of urine, faeces, etc, that are normally excreted
5. (Commerce) commerce a sum of money owed to a contractor but not paid for an agreed period as a safeguard against any faults found in the work carried out
6. (Accounting & Book-keeping) (plural) accounting profits earned by a company but not distributed as dividends; retained earnings
[C14: from Latin retentiō, from retinēre to retain]

re•ten•tion

(rɪˈtɛn 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.
[1350–1400; retencion < Latin retentiō holding back <reten-, variant s. of retinēre to retain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retention - the act of retaining somethingretention - the act of retaining something  
possession, ownership - the act of having and controlling property
withholding - the act of holding back or keeping within your possession or control; "I resented his withholding permission"; "there were allegations of the withholding of evidence"
storage - the act of storing something
2.retention - the power of retaining and recalling past experience; "he had a good memory when he was younger"
faculty, mental faculty, module - one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
recollection, remembrance, anamnesis - the ability to recall past occurrences
3.retention - the power of retaining liquid; "moisture retentivity of soil"
impermeability, impermeableness - the property of something that cannot be pervaded by a liquid
urinary retention - holding urine in the urinary bladder; "he has a problem with urinary retention"
Translations
إحْتِفاظ، إحْتِجاز
zadržování
bevarelse
visszatartás
varîveisla; minni
gerai išlaikantis
paturēšanasaglabāšana
zadržanie
akılda tutmahatırlamasaklama

retention

[rɪˈtenʃən] Nretención f (also Med)

retention

[rɪˈtɛnʃən] n
(= keeping) → maintien m
information retention → rétention f d'information, rétention f d'informations
(= ability to remember) → rétention f
(MEDICINE) [water, fluid] → rétention f
[heat, moisture] → rétention f

retention

n
Beibehaltung f; (of possession)Zurückhaltung f; (of water)Speicherung f; (of facts)Behalten nt; (of information by computer)Speicherung f; (of lawyer)Beauftragung f; (Med: also retention of urine) → Harnverhaltung f
(= memory)Gedächtnis nt

retention

[rɪˈtɛnʃn] n (frm) (gen) → conservazione f; (of facts, faces, names) → memorizzazione f (Med) → ritenzione f

retention

(rəˈtenʃən) noun
the act of retaining. the retention of information.
reˈtentive (-tiv) adjective
able to retain. a retentive memory.

re·ten·tion

n. retención, conservación;
fluid ______ de líquido;
gastric ______ gástrica;
___ enemaenema de ___;
urinary ______ urinaria.

retention

n retención f; urinary — retención urinaria
References in classic literature ?
Furthermore, as his windpipe solely opens into the tube of his spouting canal, and as that long canal --like the grand Erie Canal --is furnished with a sort of locks (that open and shut) for the downward retention of air or the upward exclusion of water, therefore the whale has no voice; unless you insult him by saying, that when he so strangely rumbles, he talks through his nose.
I ask for information, as a plodding man of business who only deals with such material objects as guineas, shillings, and bank-notes--may not the retention of the thing involve the retention of the idea?
Dropping of its own accord upon his exit (or perhaps purposely closed), it had become fastened by the spring; and it was the retention of this spring which had been mistaken by the police for that of the nail, - farther inquiry being thus considered unnecessary.
Roman and Norman were both wise in their retention of places of approved strength or utility.
All this is true, if time stood still; which contrariwise moveth so round, that a froward retention of custom, is as turbulent a thing as an innovation; and they that reverence too much old times, are but a scorn to the new.
Its singularity lay less in the retention of a custom of walking in procession and dancing on each anniversary than in the members being solely women.
Everything seems to have happened to his hands that could possibly take place consistently with the retention of all the fingers, for they are notched, and seamed, and crumpled all over.
The idea of the will, which would give an obvious motive for the crime, the secret visit unknown to his own parents, the retention of the stick, the blood, and the animal remains and buttons in the wood-pile, all were admirable.
They insisted on the retention of the camp at Drissa, according to Pfuel's plan, but on changing the movements of the other armies.
For the most glutinously indefinite minds enclose some hard grains of habit; and a man has been seen lax about all his own interests except the retention of his snuff-box, concerning which he was watchful, suspicious, and greedy of clutch.
His great estates in Uziri had claimed much of his time and attention, and there he had found ample field for the practical use and retention of his almost superhuman powers; but naked and unarmed to do battle with the shaggy, bull-necked beast that now confronted him was a test that the ape-man would scarce have welcomed at any period of his wild existence.
He seemed to recognize the fact that Aynesworth's retention of his post was due to a desire to make a deliberate study of himself, and while his own attitude remained purely negative, he at no time exhibited any resentment or impatience.