detention

noun
de·​ten·​tion | \ di-ˈten-chən How to pronounce detention (audio) \

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 in a Sentence

the detention of suspected terrorists The jail is only used for brief detentions. They both got three detentions this year. He got detention for being late to class.
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For those here without legal status, the Trump era has been marked by family separations, detention centers and the persistent threat of widespread raids touted by the president. Los Angeles Times, "For Latinos, El Paso is a devastating new low in a Trump era," 5 Aug. 2019 They had been held in a detention center in Stockholm since July 3. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "A$AP Rocky attends Kanye West's Sunday Service after release from Swedish jail," 5 Aug. 2019 Congressional lawmakers visited El Paso in July, touring multiple immigrant detention centers. Pete Gelling, Quartz, "Gunmen kill 29 people in two mass shootings less than 24 hours apart," 4 Aug. 2019 Still, many major corporations, often at the urging of their employees, have taken that risk and publicly addressed racial and gender inequality and immigrant detention centers, among other issues. Clare Duffy, CNN, "In the wake of latest massacres, Walmart is pressured to stop selling guns," 4 Aug. 2019 The Homestead detention center that has housed thousands of migrant children since March 2018 was empty as of Saturday morning, federal officials announced. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "All migrant children moved from Homestead detention center," 3 Aug. 2019 The remote area is home to stables, small farms and a sheriff’s detention center, and is a popular cycling route. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Vegetation fires lead to shelter-in-place order near Clayton," 3 Aug. 2019 Each individual duck was wrapped in a foil blanket, much like the ones used at the detention centers. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Boston's duckling statues put in cages to protest migrant detention centers," 2 Aug. 2019 In March, his daughter learned he was jailed without charge in a Hanoi detention center. Wired Staff, WIRED, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of detention

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for detention

Middle English detencion, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin detention-, detentio, from detinēre to detain

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detention

noun

English Language Learners Definition of detention

: 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

detention

noun
de·​ten·​tion | \ di-ˈten-chən How to pronounce detention (audio) \

Kids Definition of detention

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

detention

noun
de·​ten·​tion

Legal 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 a trial or hearing — see also preventive detention

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