detain

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French detenir. Cognate with Italian detenere, Portuguese deter, Romanian deține, and Spanish detener.

Pronunciation[edit]

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

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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Jeremy Taylor and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Detain not the wages of the hireling.
  4. (transitive) To seize goods for official purposes.

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