[ri-ten-shuh n] /rɪˈtɛn ʃən/
the act of .
the state of being .
the power to ; capacity for .
the act or power of remembering things; memory.
the act of retaining or state of being retained
the capacity to hold or retain liquid
the capacity to remember
(pathol) the abnormal holding within the body of urine, faeces, etc, that are normally excreted
(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
(pl) (accounting) profits earned by a company but not distributed as dividends; retained earnings
late 14c., from Latin retentionem (nominative retentio) “a retaining, a holding back,” noun of action from past participle stem of retinere (see retain). Originally medical; mental sense is from late 15c.
retention re·ten·tion (rĭ-těn’shən)
[ri-trak-til] /rɪˈtræk tɪl/ adjective, Zoology. 1. capable of being drawn back or in, as the head of a tortoise; exhibiting the power of retraction. /rɪˈtræktaɪl/ adjective 1. capable of being drawn in: the retractile claws of a cat retractile re·trac·tile (rĭ-trāk’tĭl, -tīl’) adj. That can be drawn back or in, as the claws of a […]
[re-troh-ak-tiv] /ˌrɛ troʊˈæk tɪv/ adjective 1. operative with respect to past occurrences, as a statute; retrospective: a retroactive law. 2. pertaining to a pay raise effective as of a past date. /ˌrɛtrəʊˈæktɪv/ adjective 1. applying or referring to the past: retroactive legislation 2. effective or operative from a date or for a period in the […]
[ri-turn] /rɪˈtɜrn/ verb (used without object) 1. to go or come back, as to a former place, position, or state: to return from abroad; to return to public office; to return to work. 2. to revert to a former owner: The money I gave him returns to me in the event of his death. 3. […]
[non-ri-tur-nuh-buh l] /ˌnɒn rɪˈtɜr nə bəl/ adjective 1. not . 2. (of an empty bottle or container) not to a vendor for refund of a deposit. noun 3. something that is not eligible or acceptable for return. /ˌnɒnrɪˈtɜːnəbəl/ adjective 1. denoting a container, esp a bottle, on which no returnable deposit is paid on purchase […]