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retention
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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Definition
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
  • 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.
    1 — The Maiden (9% in)

There are no more uses of "retention" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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