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 teens refused, and the officer then physically detained the black teen.
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A woman at the scene was temporarily detained by police and interviewed, Losacco said.
Vanity Fair: Since you were detained, did your perspective on China change?
LAPD officers have detained the driver of the other car and administered DUI tests.
Officers located and detained 45-year-old Benjamin Cost.
The law, which takes effect on September 1, also requires an independent law agencies to review jail deaths of such individuals, who now also will have better access to a personal bond if detained.
Police said the driver was detained by the crowd until police arrived.
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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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