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de·tain

detain

 
 
pronunciation:
dih teIn
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part of speech: verb
inflections: detains, detaining, detained
definition 1: to keep from going on; stop or delay.
Heavy traffic detained me.
synonyms:
delay, keep
similar words:
buttonhole, collar, hinder, hold, slow, stay, stop
definition 2: to force to stay or keep in prison.
The police detained the suspect for twelve hours.
synonyms:
hold, imprison, keep
antonyms:
release
similar words:
arrest, confine, lock up, restrain, retain
derivations: detainable (adj.), detainment (n.)
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