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  Definition of detain
  1. 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"
  2. stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"
  3. deprive of freedom; take into confinement
Similar Words: delay, hold up, stay, confine

 

Hyponyms: stonewall, catch, stall, buy time, keep, straiten, imprison, incarcerate, lag, immure, put behind bars, jail, jug, gaol, put away, remand, intern, bind over, cage, cage in, trap, keep in

 

Derivational Morphology: delay, holdup, stay, detention, hold, custody, detainee, political detainee, confinement

 

Anagrams: adient

 

 
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