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 Dictionary entry overview: What does retention mean? 

  The noun RETENTION has 3 senses:

1. the act of retaining something
2. the power of retaining and recalling past experience
3. the power of retaining liquid

  Familiarity information: RETENTION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1retention [BACK TO TOP]


The act of retaining something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


holding; retention; keeping

Hypernyms ("retention" is a kind of...):

ownership; possession (the act of having and controlling property)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "retention"):

withholding (the act of holding back or keeping within your possession or control)

storage (the act of storing something)

Sense 2retention [BACK TO TOP]


The power of retaining and recalling past experience

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


retentiveness; retentivity; retention; memory

Context example:

he had a good memory when he was younger

Hypernyms ("retention" is a kind of...):

faculty; mental faculty; module (one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "retention"):

anamnesis; recollection; remembrance (the ability to recall past occurrences)

Sense 3retention [BACK TO TOP]


The power of retaining liquid

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


retentivity; retentiveness; retention

Context example:

moisture retentivity of soil

Hypernyms ("retention" is a kind of...):

impermeability; impermeableness (the property of something that cannot be pervaded by a liquid)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "retention"):

urinary retention (holding urine in the urinary bladder)

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