Definition of Detain

1. Verb. Deprive of freedom; take into confinement. "They want to detain the prisoners "




2. Verb. Stop or halt. ; "Please stay the bloodshed!"
Exact synonyms: Delay, Stay
Generic synonyms: Check, Delay, Retard
Derivative terms: Delay, Stay

3. Verb. Cause to be slowed down or delayed. "She delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"
Exact synonyms: Delay, Hold Up
Generic synonyms: Decelerate, Retard, Slow, Slow Down, Slow Up
Specialized synonyms: Stonewall, Catch, Stall, Buy Time
Derivative terms: Delay, Holdup
Antonyms: Rush

Definition of Detain

1. v. t. To keep back or from; to withhold.

2. n. Detention.

Definition of Detain

1. Verb. Keep (someone) from proceeding by holding them back or making claims on their attention. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To put under custody. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Detain

1. to hold in custody [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Detain

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detailed balance
detailedly
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detailednesses
detailee
detailees
detailer
detailers
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detailingly
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detailless
detailly
details
detain (current term)
detainable
detainder
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detainment
detainments
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detangle
detangled

Literary usage of Detain

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1. A Practical Treatise of the Law of Evidence, and Digest of Proofs, in Civil by Thomas Starkie (1891)
"... for suspecting that another has committed a felony, or that he is about to commit one, he may detain that person for the purpose of inves- tigation (c). ..."

2. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1873)
"... “I shall detain you now no longer in the demonstration of what you should not do, but straight conduct you os. hillside, ..."

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