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The school is trying to improve freshman retention.
  to keep or continue to have
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  • The school is trying to improve freshman retention.
  • Retention of what is read improves when students cultivate an interest in what they are reading.
  • The company had a bad year, but it still paid retention bonuses to its most valuable employees.
  • We have an email retention system, so old emails can be read even if the user deleted them.

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  • Heather has stopped eating and complains about fluid retention.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • Every other week there was a news story about some geriatric citizen tripping into a retention pond and being devoured by alligators.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Any new development like this has to have a retention pond for storm runoff.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • No etymological principle was followed here: in some cases it was the original noun that was chosen for retention, in other cases the verb.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • They insisted on the retention of the camp at Drissa, according to Pfuel’s plan, but on changing the movements of the other armies.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There’s a lot more retention, better understanding of the material.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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  • The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • I ask for information, as a plodding man of business who only deals with such material objects as guineas, shillings, and bank-notes—may not the retention of the thing involve the retention of the idea?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • We do not know how long the poem was recited, but the retention of those passages suggests an oral tradition alongside the written.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Furthermore, as his windpipe solely opens into the tube of his spouting canal, and as that long canal—like the grand Erie Canal—is furnished with a sort of locks (that open and shut) for the downward retention of air or the upward exclusion of water, therefore the whale has no voice; unless you insult him by saying, that when he so strangely rumbles, he talks through his nose.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • There is no woman’s sides Can bide the beating of so strong a passion As love doth give my heart: no woman’s heart So big to hold so much; they lack retention.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Armand and Marguerite, both intellectual, thinking beings, adopted with the enthusiasm of their years the Utopian doctrines of the Revolution, while the Marquis de St. Cyr and his family fought inch by inch for the retention of those privileges which had placed them socially above their fellow-men.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Sir, I thought it fit To send the old and miserable king To some retention and appointed guard; Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, To pluck the common bosom on his side, And turn our impress’d lances in our eyes Which do command them.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • His retention would be regarded as a political challenge.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Its singularity lay less in the retention of a custom of walking in procession and dancing on each anniversary than in the members being solely women.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • But Waugh pointedly chose to ignore these native appellations (as well as official policy encouraging the retention of local or ancient names), and Everest was the name that stuck, Once Everest was determined to be the highest summit on earth, it was only a matter of time before people decided that Everest needed to be climbed.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Despite Yutar’s shrill plea for their retention, Justice de Wet ordered them removed.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Dropping of its own accord upon his exit (or perhaps purposely closed), it had become fastened by the spring; and it was the retention of this spring which had been mistaken by the police for that of the nail,—farther inquiry being thus considered unnecessary.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Everything seems to have happened to his hands that could possibly take place consistently with the retention of all the fingers, for they are notched, and seamed, and crumpled all over.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • In addition, he has superior memory retention and reaction time.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • Before I had left Chicago I had thought of a thousand arguments to present for the retention of the John Reed Clubs, but now the retention of those clubs did not seem important.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • It seems that on certain occasions, perhaps at the end of the evening, the spectacle, as a grand finale or perhaps as a matter of sheer deadly forethought toward the retention of supremacy, domination, he would enter the ring with one of the negroes himself.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • For the most glutinously indefinite minds enclose some hard grains of habit; and a man has been seen lax about all his own interests except the retention of his snuff-box, concerning which he was watchful, suspicious, and greedy of clutch.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Though her fingers itched for her notebook, Lee had faith in her own powers of retention.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • The unremitting retention of simple and high sentiments in obscure duties is hardening the character to that temper which will work with honor, if need be, in the tumult, or on the scaffold.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It is a state of mind, a melting pot that represents the very, very best of America’s evolution, an example of retention of a very special culture in a progressive environment of modern change.
    Gerald R. Ford  --  A War That is Finished
  • He was on immunosuppressants so his body wouldn’t reject the new heart, and since those made him prone to infection, he was taking high doses of antibiotics as well, and a diuretic had been prescribed to prevent fluid retention.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • Without question this retention of the /n/ in these pronouns had something to do with the appearance of the /n/-declension in the treatment of /your/, /her/, /his/ and /our/, and, after /their/ had displaced /here/ in the third person plural, in /their/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • And To Forgive, And Retain Sinnes The Power of Remission, And Retention Of Sinnes, called also the Power of Loosing, and Binding, and sometimes the Keyes Of The Kingdome Of Heaven, is a consequence of the Authority to Baptize, or refuse to Baptize.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • She should worry more about brain retention, the way she’s dieting away her gray matter.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • I ask for information, as a plodding man of business who only deals with such material objects as guineas, shillings, and bank-notes—may not the retention of the thing involve the retention of the idea?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Louie ate voraciously, got stronger, and expanded exponentially, his face and body bloating from water retention.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • But thanks to dramatic water retention, it was a doughy, moon-faced, muscleless weight.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Before I had left Chicago I had thought of a thousand arguments to present for the retention of the John Reed Clubs, but now the retention of those clubs did not seem important.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Metaphors and precedents were not wanting; peculiar spiritual experiences were not wanting which at last made the retention of his position seem a service demanded of him: the vista of a fortune had already opened itself, and Bulstrode’s shrinking remained private.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The American substitution of /a/ for /e/ in /gray/ is not easily explained, nor is the substitution of /k/ for /c/ in /skeptic/ and /mollusk/, nor the retention of /e/ in /forego/, nor the unphonetic substitution of /s/ for /z/ in /fuse/, [Pg247] nor the persistence of the first /y/ in /pygmy/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • A witchcraft drew me hither: That most ingrateful boy there, by your side From the rude sea’s enraged and foamy mouth Did I redeem; a wreck past hope he was: His life I gave him, and did thereto add My love, without retention or restraint, All his in dedication: for his sake, Did I expose myself, pure for his love, Into the danger of this adverse town; Drew to defend him when he was beset: Where being apprehended, his false cunning,— Not meaning to partake with me in danger,— Taught…
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • 18) Nor can it be conceived, that the benefit of Faith, "is Remission of sins" unlesse we conceive withall, that the dammage of Infidelity, is "the Retention of the same sins."
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
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