Dictionary Results for detain

1. detain - verb

· deprive of freedom; take into confinement

Synonym(s): confine

2. detain - verb

· stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"

Synonym(s): stay, delay

Hypernym(s): check, retard, delay

3. detain - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): delay, hold_up

Hypernym(s): decelerate, slow, slow_down, slow_up, retard

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