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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  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. Roberto Beristain:

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

  2. Ron Johnson:

    The DHS was created to unify and improve coordinated efforts to defend our homeland. Refusing to allow armed ICE agents into a USCIS facility to detain a suspected terrorist just a day after a deadly terrorist attack is disturbing.

  3. William Nee:

    They want a degree of plausible deniability, if they were to criminally detain Li Wenzu, they would eventually have to justify it in law.

  4. Andrew Selee:

    The Mexican governments decision to detain as many migrants as possible, after President Trump put pressure on them to do so, has made it clear just how many third-country nationals from outside Central America are actually in the country.

  5. Ali Noorani:

    Our federal prisons are set up to detain the worst of the worst. They should not be used for immigration purposes, federal prisons are for hardened criminals. They are not physically set up for immigrant landscapers looking for a job or fleeing violence.

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