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
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A short video of a Saudi woman walking around in a miniskirt and crop top sparked an outcry after going viral, leading to the woman being detained for several hours.
A short video of a Saudi woman walking around in a miniskirt and crop top sparked an outcry after going viral, leading to the woman being detained for several hours.
Several officers then wrestled Narromore to the ground and were eventually able to detain him.
Nisrin Elamin, a Sudanese green card holder at the time and a Ph.D. student in anthropology at Stanford University, was one of the first to be detained shortly after the ban was announced.
Many of those detained were members of Falun Gong, a spiritual sect viewed by the Communist Party as a threat to the state.
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.
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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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