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Meaning of detain by Wiktionary Dictionary

detain


    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /dɪˈteɪn/
    • Rhymes: -eɪn


Explanation of detain by Wordnet Dictionary

detain


    Verb
    1. cause to be slowed down or delayed

    2. stop or halt

    3. deprive of freedom



    Definition of detain by GCIDE Dictionary

    detain


    1. Detain ( detān ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Detaining.] [F. détenir, L. detinere, detentum; de + tenere to hold. See Tenable.]
      1. To keep back or from; to withhold.

      Detain not the wages of the hireling. Jer. Taylor.

      2. To restrain from proceeding; to stay or stop; to delay; as, “we were detained by an accident”.

      Let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee. Judges xiii. 15.

      3. To hold or keep in custody.

      Syn. -- To withhold; retain; stop; stay; arrest; check; retard; delay; hinder.

    2. Detain, n. Detention. [Obs.] Spenser.