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de·tain  (d-tn)
tr.v. de·tained, de·tain·ing, de·tains
1. To keep from proceeding; delay or retard.
2. To keep in custody or temporary confinement: The police detained several suspects for questioning. The disruptive students were detained after school until their parents had been notified.
3. Obsolete To retain or withhold (payment or property, for example).

[Middle English deteinen, from Old French detenir, from Vulgar Latin *dtenre, from Latin dtinre : d-, de- + tenre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

de·tainment n.

detain  /dten/  v. [T] 1 to keep waiting, delay: I am late because I was detained in traffic. 2 to hold at a police station: The police detained a man for questioning in the crime. -n. [U] detainment. detain

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