detain definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • maintain from proceeding; wait or retard.
    • To keep in custody or temporary confinement: The police detained a number of suspects for questioning. The troublesome students were detained after college until their parents was notified.
    • Obsolete to hold or withhold (payment or home, like).
    • To keep straight back or from; to withhold.
    • To restrain from proceeding; to remain or end; to wait.
    • to keep or keep in custody.
  • verb:
    • maintain (someone) from continuing by keeping them back or making statements to their attention.
    • To put under custody.
    • deprive of freedom; simply take into confinement
    • end or halt
    • reason enough to be slowed down or delayed
  • noun:
    • Detention.
    • Detention.
  • others:
    • maintain right back or away; withhold; particularly, maintain or keep unjustly.
    • maintain or restrain from proceeding; stay or stop: since, we had been detained because of the rainfall.
    • in-law, to put up in custody.

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