Detain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈteɪn|  American pronunciation of the word detain
Brit.  |dɪˈteɪn|  British pronunciation of the word detain


- deprive of freedom; take into confinement (syn: confine)
- stop or halt (syn: delay, stay)
- cause to be slowed down or delayed (syn: delay, hold up)

Extra examples

They were detained by the police for questioning.

He claimed he had been illegally detained.

Unexpected business had detained her.

They are now detained or their arrest is intended.

We will not detain our readers.

Don't let me detain you.

But I waste your time, sir. I will not detain you.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: detain
he/she/it: detains
present participle: detaining
past tense: detained
past participle: detained
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