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detention

noun de·ten·tion \di-ˈten-chən\

: the act of keeping someone in a prison or similar place

: the state of being kept in a prison or similar place

: a punishment in which a student is required to stay at school after the rest of the students have left

Full Definition of DETENTION

1
:  the act or fact of detaining or holding back; especially :  a holding in custody
2
:  the state of being detained; especially :  a period of temporary custody prior to disposition by a court
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Examples of DETENTION

  1. the detention of suspected terrorists
  2. The jail is only used for brief detentions.
  3. They both got three detentions this year.
  4. He got detention for being late to class.

Origin of DETENTION

Middle English detencion, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin detention-, detentio, from detinēre to detain
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with DETENTION

DETENTION Defined for Kids

detention

noun de·ten·tion \di-ˈten-chən\

Definition of DETENTION for Kids

1
:  the act of holding back or delaying :  the condition of being held or delayed <The prisoner was held in detention before trial.>
2
:  the punishment of being kept after school

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