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[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)


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