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detain

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1 to take or keep (someone) in confinement by authority of law
  • Police detained the suspect.
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2 to keep (someone or something) from proceeding or progressing
  • She sent word that she had been unavoidably detained.
  • The plane was detained for hours due to inclement weather.
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Synonym Discussion of detain

keep, retain, detain, withhold, reserve mean to hold in one's possession or under one's control. keep may suggest a holding securely in one's possession, custody, or control.
    • keep this while I'm gone
retain implies continued keeping, especially against threatened seizure or forced loss.
    • managed to retain their dignity even in poverty
detain suggests a delay in letting go.
    • detained them for questioning
withhold implies restraint in letting go or a refusal to let go.
    • withheld information from the authorities
reserve suggests a keeping in store for future use.
    • reserve some of your energy for the last mile

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