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Definition of Detain


  1. To keep back or from; to withhold.
  2. To restrain from proceeding; to stay or stop; to delay; as, we were detained by an accident.
  3. To hold or keep in custody.
  4. Detention.

Detain Quotations

People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven't got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom.
Peter Ustinov

On recovering my senses, I hastened to quit a place where I hoped there was nothing further to detain me. I first filled my pockets with gold, then fastened the strings of the purse round my neck, and concealed it in my bosom.
Adelbert von Chamisso

Britain has a Terrorism Act, which has within it a portion called Schedule 7, which is quite unique. What it is is it gives officials the ability to detain people at the border as they go in or out or even transit through the country.
Sarah Harrison

My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.
Walter Savage Landor

There are those who leave without our needing to detain them; we have said all there is to say.
Richard Eyre
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Detain Translations

detain in Danish is opholde
detain in Dutch is reserveren, ophouden, detineren
detain in German is abhalten
detain in Italian is impedire
detain in Latin is retineo, detineo, prehendo
detain in Norwegian is oppholde, holde tilbake
detain in Portuguese is detenha
detain in Spanish is impedir
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