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used in King Lear

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to keep or continue to have
The exact meaning of retention depends upon its context. For example:
  • a student's retention — what a student remembers (holds onto in memory)
  • freshman retention — the number of freshman who return to the school the next year
  • employee retention — how successful a firm is at keeping employees over the long term
  • water retention — the holding of water in the body — as in "a salt-free diet to reduce water retention"
  • retention bonus — a cash bonus paid to encourage a good employee to stay with a firm
  • retention basin — a ponding area — typically intended to hold stormwater
  • 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.
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — A field between the two Camps (19% in)

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