Definitions for detain

Definitions for (verb) detain

Main entry: delay, detain, hold up

Definition: cause to be slowed down or delayed

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

Main entry: stay, delay, detain

Definition: stop or halt

Usage: Please stay the bloodshed!

Main entry: detain, confine

Definition: deprive of freedom; take into confinement

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