detain


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de·tain

 (dĭ-tān′)
tr.v. de·tained, de·tain·ing, de·tains
1. To keep from proceeding; delay or retard: Our friends were detained by heavy traffic.
2. To keep in custody or confinement: The police detained several suspects for questioning.
3. Archaic To retain or withhold (payment or property, for example).

[Middle English deteinen, from Old French detenir, from Vulgar Latin *dētenīre, from Latin dētinēre : dē-, de- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

de·tain′ment n.

detain

(dɪˈteɪn)
vb (tr)
1. to delay; hold back; stop
2. (Law) to confine or hold in custody; restrain
3. archaic to retain or withhold
[C15: from Old French detenir, from Latin dētinēre to hold off, keep back, from de- + tenēre to hold]
deˈtainable adj
detainee n
deˈtainment n

de•tain

(dɪˈteɪn)

v.t.
1. to keep from proceeding; delay.
2. to keep under restraint.
3. Obs. to withhold.
[1480–90; < Old French detenir « Latin dētinēe=dē- de- + -tinēre, from tenēre to hold]
de•tain′a•ble, adj.
de•tain′ment, n.

detain


Past participle: detained
Gerund: detaining

Imperative
detain
detain
Present
I detain
you detain
he/she/it detains
we detain
you detain
they detain
Preterite
I detained
you detained
he/she/it detained
we detained
you detained
they detained
Present Continuous
I am detaining
you are detaining
he/she/it is detaining
we are detaining
you are detaining
they are detaining
Present Perfect
I have detained
you have detained
he/she/it has detained
we have detained
you have detained
they have detained
Past Continuous
I was detaining
you were detaining
he/she/it was detaining
we were detaining
you were detaining
they were detaining
Past Perfect
I had detained
you had detained
he/she/it had detained
we had detained
you had detained
they had detained
Future
I will detain
you will detain
he/she/it will detain
we will detain
you will detain
they will detain
Future Perfect
I will have detained
you will have detained
he/she/it will have detained
we will have detained
you will have detained
they will have detained
Future Continuous
I will be detaining
you will be detaining
he/she/it will be detaining
we will be detaining
you will be detaining
they will be detaining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been detaining
you have been detaining
he/she/it has been detaining
we have been detaining
you have been detaining
they have been detaining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been detaining
you will have been detaining
he/she/it will have been detaining
we will have been detaining
you will have been detaining
they will have been detaining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been detaining
you had been detaining
he/she/it had been detaining
we had been detaining
you had been detaining
they had been detaining
Conditional
I would detain
you would detain
he/she/it would detain
we would detain
you would detain
they would detain
Past Conditional
I would have detained
you would have detained
he/she/it would have detained
we would have detained
you would have detained
they would have detained
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.detain - deprive of freedom; take into confinement
keep - hold and prevent from leaving; "The student was kept after school"
straiten - squeeze together
gaol, immure, imprison, incarcerate, jail, jug, put behind bars, remand, lag, put away - lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"; "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"
intern - deprive of freedom; "During WW II, Japanese were interned in camps in the West"
bind over - order a defendant to be placed in custody pending the outcome of a proceedings against him or her; "The defendant was bound over for trial"
imprison - confine as if in a prison; "His daughters are virtually imprisoned in their own house; he does not let them go out without a chaperone"
cage, cage in - confine in a cage; "The animal was caged"
trap, pin down - place in a confining or embarrassing position; "He was trapped in a difficult situation"
keep in - cause to stay indoors
2.detain - stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"
retard, delay, check - slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
3.detain - cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"
decelerate, slow, slow down, slow up, retard - lose velocity; move more slowly; "The car decelerated"
stonewall - engage in delaying tactics or refuse to cooperate; "The President stonewalled when he realized the plot was being uncovered by a journalist"
catch - delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned; "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"
stall - deliberately delay an event or action; "she doesn't want to write the report, so she is stalling"
buy time - act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage

detain

verb
1. hold, arrest, confine, restrain, imprison, intern, take prisoner, take into custody, hold in custody He was arrested and detained for questioning.
2. delay, keep, stop, hold up, hamper, hinder, retard, impede, keep back, slow up or down We won't detain you any further.

detain

verb
1. To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired:
2. To keep in custody:
3. To put in jail:
Translations
يُؤَخِّريَحْجِز، يَحْتَجِز
zadržetzdržet
forsinkeopholdetilbageholde
őrizetbe vesz
taka til fanga; setja í varîhaldtefja
sulaikytasis
aizkavētaizturētarestēt
alıkoymakgeciktirmekgözaltına almak

detain

[dɪˈteɪn] VT
1. (= arrest) → detener, arrestar
2. (= keep waiting) → retener
I was detained at the officeme entretuve or demoré en la oficina
I was detained by fogme retrasé por la niebla
don't let me detain youno quiero entretenerla

detain

[dɪˈteɪn] vt
(= delay) → retenir
[+ suspect] (in captivity)détenir
(in hospital)hospitaliser
to be detained overnight → être gardé(e) pour la nuit

detain

vt (= keep back)aufhalten; (police)in Haft nehmen; to be detained (= be arrested)verhaftet werden; (= be in detention)sich in Haft or in polizeilichem Gewahrsam befinden; to detain somebody for questioningjdn zur Vernehmung festhalten

detain

[dɪˈteɪn] vt (delay) → trattenere; (in custody) → detenere

detain

(diˈtein) verb
1. to hold back and delay. I won't detain you – I can see you're in a hurry.
2. (of the police etc) to keep under guard. Three suspects were detained at the police station.
ˌdetaiˈnee noun
a person who is detained (by the police etc).

detain

v. detener, parar.
References in classic literature ?
She sought to detain them for a little talk and some pleasantry.
The third day from the capture of the fort was drawing to a close, but the business of the narrative must still detain the reader on the shores of the "holy lake.
Of course," she said coldly, "I won't detain you; your business must be urgent, and I forgot--at least I had forgotten until to- day--that you have other duties more important than that of squire of dames.
But I must not detain you now; I thank you for trying my plan with your good horse, and I am sure you will find it far better than the whip.
And he clung to Catherine's arm, striving to detain her; but at that announcement she hastily disengaged herself, and whistled to Minny, who obeyed her like a dog.
I need not detain you by entering into the cause of the quarrel.
Say but one affectionate word to me, and tell me there is nothing angry or estranged between us, and I will detain you no longer.
Now, I was unwilling to put the direction-card on there, lest any of my landlord's family should fathom what I was doing, and detain me; so I said to the young man that I would be glad if he would stop for a minute, when he came to the dead-wall of the King's Bench prison.
Maidens,'' she said, ``draw near offer the sleeping cup to this holy man, whom I will no longer detain from repose.
Then Robin Hood and all his men arose and drank the Sheriff's health, and Robin said: "If you must needs go at once we will not detain you--except that you have forgotten two things.
Hosts loved to detain the dry lawyer, when the light-hearted and loose-tongued had already their foot on the threshold; they liked to sit a while in his unobtrusive company, practising for solitude, sobering their minds in the man's rich silence after the expense and strain of gaiety.
Dick's shirt was wet; he made a lumbering excuse to go; which Esther explained to herself by a fear of intrusion, and so set down to the merit side of Dick's account, while she proceeded to detain him.