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Definitions of detain

  1. deprive of freedom; take into confinement Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. To keep back or from; to withhold. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To restrain from proceeding; to stay or stop; to delay; as, we were detained by an accident. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To hold or keep in custody. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Detention. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. See Imprison. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To hold back; restrain from departure; delay; keep in custody; as, the magistrate ordered the prisoner to be detained. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To hold from or back: to stop: to keep. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To hold back; withhold; delay. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To stop; withhold; keep back. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Detainer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To keep back or from; to withhold; to delay; to hold in custody. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. To keep from; to withhold; to stop, stay, or delay; to hold in custody. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. de-t[=a]n', 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. detin[=e]re--de, from, and ten[=e]re, to hold.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Keep in confinement; withhold (money due &c.); keep waiting, hinder. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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