detain

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French detenir.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

detain ‎(third-person singular simple present detains, present participle detaining, simple past and past participle detained)

  1. (transitive) To keep someone from proceeding by holding them back or making claims on their attention.
  2. (transitive) To put under custody.
  3. (transitive) To keep back or from; to withhold.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      Detain not the wages of the hireling.
  4. (transitive) To seize goods for official purposes.

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