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retention
used in The Souls of Black Folk

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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
  • It extended the existence of the Bureau to July, 1868; it authorized additional assistant commissioners, the retention of army officers mustered out of regular service, the sale of certain forfeited lands to freedmen on nominal terms, the sale of Confederate public property for Negro schools, and a wider field of judicial interpretation and cognizance.
    Chapter 2 (49% in)

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