Definitions for detentiondɪˈtɛn ʃən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the act of detaining or the state of being detained.
maintenance of a person in custody or confinement, as while awaiting a court decision.
the keeping of a student after school hours as a punishment.
Origin of detention:
1400–50; late ME < L dētentiō=dēten-, var. s. of dētinēre (see detain ) +-tiō -tion
detention, detainment, hold, custody(noun)
a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
"his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police"
a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home
"the detention of tardy pupils"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
***their detention in the prison camp
a punishment in which students have to stay with the teacher after class
***The teacher gave me two days of detention.
The act of detaining or the state of being detained.
A temporary state of custody or confinement, especially of a prisoner awaiting trial, or of a student being punished.
the act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding
the state of being detained (stopped or hindered); delay from necessity
confinement; restraint; custody
Translations for detention
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the state of being imprisoned
The criminals are in detention.
- حَجْز، إحْتِجاز، تَوْقيفArabic
- detençãoPortuguese (BR)
- vazba, zadrženíCzech
- die HaftGerman
- forvaring; detentionDanish
- حبس؛ بازداشتFarsi
- zatvor, pritvorCroatian
- 구류, 감금Korean
- sulaikymas, areštasLithuanian
- aizturēšana; arestsLatvian
- arrest, internering, forvaringNorwegian
- حبس؛ بازداشتPersian
- kvarhållande i häkte, interneringSwedish
- 拘留Chinese (Trad.)
- затримання, арештUkrainian
- sự giam giữVietnamese
- 拘留Chinese (Simp.)
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