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Meaning of detain by Wiktionary Dictionary



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

Explanation of detain by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cause to be slowed down or delayed

    2. stop or halt

    3. deprive of freedom

    Definition of detain by GCIDE Dictionary


    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.