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Definitions of retention:

  1.   The act of retaining, or the state of being ratined.
  2.   Act of retaining.
  3.   The act of keeping, or state of being kept, in possession; act or power of keeping things in the mind; memory.
  4.   The power of retaining; retentiveness.
  5.   The persistence to perform a learned behavior ( facts or experiences) after an interval has elapsed in which there has been no performance or practice of the behavior.
  6.   the act of keeping in your possession
  7.   Place of custody or confinement.
  8.   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.
  9.   Act or power of retaining: memory: restraint: custody.
  10.   The act or power of retaining, as in the memory; the undue withholding of some natural discharge; restraint.
  11.   The act of retaining; the power of retaining, specially ideas in the mind; restraint.
  12.   the power of retaining liquid; " moisture retentivity of soil"
  13.   That which contains something, as a tablet; a of preserving impressions.
  14.   The act or power of retaining.
  15.   the power of retaining and recalling past experience; " he had a good memory when he was younger"
  16.   The act of withholding; retraint; reserve.
  17.   Delayed normal discharge, as retention of the urine.
  18.   1. The keeping in the body of what normally belongs there, especially the retaining of food and drink in the stomach. 2. The keeping in the body of what normally should be discharged, as urine or feces. 3. Keeping in mind; memory.

Antonyms for retention:

breakout, forsaking, break, dereliction, escape, lam, abandonment, desertion, getaway.

Quotes for retention:

  1. I admit that Post -it note sheets that adhere to virtually any surface are now my substitute of choice for retention – Candice Bergen
  2. Anticipation of movement, through muscular innervation and memory, by its retention of nerve impulse images, extend the present to the limit of a second or so. – John Desmond Bernal
  3. We're looking to have the ability to come in and be able to capitalize on the marketing in order to grow the top -line. We basically leverage what has worked with our other successful acquisitions- investment in marketing, retention and student services. – John B. Larson
  4. We have already seen evidence that, notwithstanding the addition of substantial resources, we are experiencing great stress in recruiting and not inconsequential retention problems. – John M. McHugh
  5. We have closely monitored the ups and downs of recruiting and retention trends for many years and have been quick to sound the alarm when challenges came into view. – John M. McHugh
  6. Perfect retention I don't think I could do that -I've never disciplined myself to do it. I suppose a lot of it is a question of discipline. Which improvisation is not. – George Shearing
  7. Now I understand what was happening. I don't particularly gain water; I don't have water retention – Suzanne Somers
  8. Recruitment and retention are critical to sustain our Armed Forces with the best men and women willing to stand in the gap and make huge sacrifices to ensure our freedom. – Zack Wamp

Usage examples for retention:

  1. Should an area be found which the bank and His Majesty's representative consider suitable, and His Majesty's government consider desirable, Lord Lansdowne will be glad to consider favorably proposals for the creation of a Jewish colony or settlement under such conditions as will seem to the members to guarantee the retention of their national customs...." ” – The Jewish State by Theodor Herzl Commentator: Louis Lipsky Alex Bein
  2. He thought too, and correctly, that, in the mind and character of Forrester, he discovered a large degree of sturdy, manly simplicity, and a genuine honesty- colored deeply with prejudices and without much polish, it is true, but highly susceptible of improvement, and by no means stubborn or unreasonable in their retention – Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia by William Gilmore Simms
  3. Having, however, adopted the laws and customs of the conquered, it became necessary to keep up the usual establishment of women in the palace, the inevitable consequence of which was the retention of a certain number of eunuchs to look after them. ” – Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton by John Barrow
  4. General Whyte found the conquest of the Dutch settlement of Demerara a far easier task than its retention – William Pitt and the Great War by John Holland Rose
  5. He had vices, certainly, but they were the vices of his time and country, and there is no sufficient evidence that he carried them to excess, while his retention of physical and intellectual vigor afford the strongest possible proof of the contrary. ” – Red Eagle and the Wars With the Creek Indians of Alabama. by George Cary Eggleston
  6. And when we hear a remark spoken, we are conscious of the earlier words while the later ones are being uttered, and this retention feels different from recollection of something definitely past. ” –  by
  7. “ For not only Nicholas, but Anton Rubinstein himself, fought gallantly for his retention – The Genius by Margaret Horton Potter
  8. His one serious fault is the retention of the conventional mannerism of the eighteenth century in point of poetic diction, and he might argue that time had almost irrevocably associated this with the chanson style. ” – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury
  9. Upon no principle, therefore, could he have expected beforehand to be treated as Emperor by the ministers of the Prince Regent; nor, even if he had been born a legitimate prince, would it have been in the usual course of things for him, under existing circumstances, to persist in the open retention of his imperial style. ” – The History of Napoleon Buonaparte by John Gibson Lockhart
  10. Though Clara had passed out of her world since those first days of illness, Jane held her in a memory which knew no motive of retention so strong as gratitude. ” – The Nether World by George Gissing
  11. The Romans were a conservative people, and many of the peculiarities of their worship were due to the retention of old forms which had lost such spirit as they once possessed. ” – Life in the Roman World of Nero and St. Paul by T. G. Tucker
  12. The retention of the Fourth Division between Washington and Centreville would seem to have been a blunder; another 5000 men on the field of battle should certainly have turned the scale. ” – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  13. Those who accomplish most, however, compare favorably with others in length of days and retention of health. ” – Increasing-Human-Efficiency-in-Business-a-contribution-to-the-psychology-of-business by Scott, Walter Dill
  14. But, considering that their order, in times long since passed away, shone forth with the grace of much nobility and honour, and that they were for a length of time held in vast reverence by the faithful, and that we had then heard of no suspicion concerning the premises, or of evil report against them; and also, that from the beginning of their religion, they have publicly borne the cross of Christ, exposing their bodies and goods against the enemies of the faith, for the acquisition, retention and defence of the Holy Land, consecrated by the precious blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we were unwilling to yield a ready belief to the accusation...." ” – The History of the Knights Templars, the Temple Church, and the Temple by Charles G. Addison
  15. “ 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? ” – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens
  16. We might even omit the intermediate portions of the pitch ellipses themselves; but as they move in rolling contact their retention can do no harm, and in one part of the movement will be beneficial, as they will do part of the work; for if, when turning, as shown by the arrows, we consider the wheel whose axis is D as the driver, it will be noted that its radius of contact, C P, is on the increase; and so long as this is the case the other wheel will be compelled to move by contact of the pitch lines, although the link be omitted. ” – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  17. The Balli Kombetar extolled the principles of freedom and social justice and championed the objective of an ethnic Albania; that is, the retention of the Yugoslav provinces of Kosovo and Metohija, which the Italians had annexed to Albania in 1941. For some time it made efforts to collaborate with the National Liberation Movement, but to no avail. ” – Area Handbook for Albania by Eugene K. Keefe Sarah Jane Elpern William Giloane James M. Moore, Jr. Stephen Peters Eston T. White
  18. And the Hardy house was naturally the pivot of the movement, and the retention of it in our possession essential to success. ” – Love Under Fire by Randall Parrish
  19. When we are asleep, the vital forces are at a low ebb, the process of digestion is for the time nearly suspended, and the retention of incompletely digested food in the stomach may cause bad dreams and troubled sleep. ” – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  20. The tariff worked to the advantage of many people, and its retention was insistently demanded by them; the internal revenue taxes were disliked, and few things were more popular after the war than their reduction. ” – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley

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