Meaning of RETENTION in English


/ri ten"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act of retaining.

2. the state of being retained.

3. the power to retain; capacity for retaining.

4. the act or power of remembering things; memory.

[ 1350-1400; ME retencion retention- (s. of retentio ) a keeping back, equiv. to retent ( us ) (ptp. of retinere to RETAIN) + -ion- -ION ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .