Examples of detain in a Sentence
They were detained by the police for questioning.
He claimed he had been illegally detained.
Unexpected business had detained her.
Recent Examples of detain from the Web
The second inmate, 28-year-old Darrell Keith Mosely, was detained as a suspect in the stabbing.
The men eventually left, but attempted to return later, which resulted in them being detained by security and charged, police said.
Mexican authorities were seeking a search warrant and had detained five people, the reports said.
Abedi’s elder brother Ismail is among the suspects being held in Britain, and a younger brother and Abedi’s father have been detained in Libya.
In the stabbing, one of two suspects was detained and another is still at large, Miami Beach police officials said Monday afternoon.
The suspects in Wednesday's blasts were detained at three places in Bandung, the capital of West Java province, police spokesman Yusri Yunus said.
Kent is being detained pending a court hearing June 7.
During sweeps, police would often detain Latinos for minor offenses like honking a car horn, then demand proof of legal residence.
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Origin and Etymology of detain
Middle English deteynen, from Anglo-French deteign-, stem of detenir, modification of Latin detinēre, from de- + tenēre to hold — more at thin
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of detain
delay, retard, slow, slacken, detain mean to cause to be late or behind in movement or progress. delay implies a holding back, usually by interference, from completion or arrival. bad weather delayed our arrival retard suggests reduction of speed without actual stopping. language barriers retarded their progress slow and slacken also imply a reduction of speed, slow often suggesting deliberate intention medication slowed the patient's heart rate, slacken an easing up or relaxing of power or effort. on hot days runners slacken their pace detain implies a holding back beyond a reasonable or appointed time. unexpected business had detained her
DETAIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of detain for English Language Learners
: to officially prevent (someone) from leaving a place : to hold or keep (someone) in a prison or some other place
: to keep or prevent (someone) from leaving or arriving at the expected time
DETAIN Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of detain
1 : to hold or keep in custody or possession property wrongfully detained a juvenile detained in a care facility
2 : to restrain from proceeding detained the driver and asked to see his license
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