Origin of retention
Related Wordswithholding, detention, detainment, confinement, holding, reservation, remembrance, recall, recollection, recognition, remembering, memory
Examples from the Web for retention
But this was an element of Jeff that I understood; his mimicry and his retention for music and melody.‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’: Penn Badgley on Playing Late Musician Jeff Buckley
April 30, 2013
It's also not simply that they want teacher promotion and retention to be tied to seniority, not test results.Rahm Stands Up To Teacher Union Bullies
September 10, 2012
In this position and as chair of compensation, he also authorized the retention of outside advisers.Herman Cain's Aquila Dealings Undercut His Business-Acumen Claims
November 21, 2011
His retention may indicate any federal case could revolve around more than the perjury and obstruction charges.Could Blankfein Face Prison?
August 23, 2011
He considers demonstrated interest important for two key reasons: yield and retention.College Admissions' Secret Strategy
September 26, 2010
He pleaded eloquently for the retention of the small boroughs.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The most marked incident in that policy has been the retention of Chitral.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
The purpose of education is "adaptation,—with the retention of adaptability."College Teaching
The hind-quarters should be raised as high as possible, in order to favor its retention.Cattle and Their Diseases
The retention and constant enlargement of the public domain.Socialism As It Is
William English Walling
- 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
- (plural) accounting profits earned by a company but not distributed as dividends; retained earnings
Word Origin and History for retention
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.
- Involuntary withholding by the body of wastes or secretions that are normally eliminated.
- The holding by the body of what normally belongs in it, such as food in the stomach.
- An ability to recall or recognize what has been learned or experienced; memory.
- In dentistry, a period following orthodontic treatment when a patient wears an appliance or appliances to stabilize the teeth in their new position.