What does detain mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confine, detain(verb)

    deprive of freedom; take into confinement

  2. stay, detain, delay(verb)

    stop or halt

    "Please stay the bloodshed!"

  3. delay, detain, hold up(verb)

    cause to be slowed down or delayed

    "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"


  1. detain(Verb)

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

  2. detain(Verb)

    To put under custody.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detain(verb)

    to keep back or from; to withhold

  2. Detain(verb)

    to restrain from proceeding; to stay or stop; to delay; as, we were detained by an accident

  3. Detain(verb)

    to hold or keep in custody

  4. Detain(noun)


Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Detain

    de-tān′, v.t. to hold from or back: to stop: to keep: to keep in custody.—ns. Detain′er, one who detains: (law) the holding of what belongs to another: a warrant to a sheriff to keep in custody a person already in confinement: Detain′ment (same as Detention). [O. Fr. detenir—L. detinērede, from, and tenēre, to hold.]

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How to say detain in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detain in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of detain in a Sentence

  1. Anon Numpa:

    There was no point to detain them.

  2. Roberto Beristain:

    I don't think ICE is out there to detain anyone and break families, no.

  3. Southaven Police Chief Tom Long:

    Officers attempted to detain the subject who began to resist and run from them again.

  4. Walter Landor:

    My thoughts are my company I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.

  5. Walter Landor:

    My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.

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