detain

  • 1 detain — de·tain vt 1: to hold or keep in custody or possession property wrongfully detain ed a juvenile detain ed in a care facility 2: to restrain from proceeding detain ed the driver and asked to see his license …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Detain — De*tain (d[ e]*t[=a]n ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Detained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Detaining}.] [F. d[ e]tenir, L. detinere, detentum; de + tenere to hold. See {Tenable}.] 1. To keep back or from; to withhold. [1913 Webster] Detain not the wages of the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Detain — Detain, Détain On rencontre le nom à la fois en Bourgogne (21) et en Normandie (76). La forme la plus courante comporte un accent (Détain). Apparemment celui qui est originaire d une localité portant ce nom. Le toponyme est très fréquent sous les …

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  • 4 Détain — Detain, Détain On rencontre le nom à la fois en Bourgogne (21) et en Normandie (76). La forme la plus courante comporte un accent (Détain). Apparemment celui qui est originaire d une localité portant ce nom. Le toponyme est très fréquent sous les …

    Noms de famille

  • 5 Détain — était une commune française, située dans le département de la Côte d Or et la région Bourgogne. La commune a disparu officiellement le 1er janvier 1806 suite à la fusion avec sa voisine Bruant. La nouvelle commune s appelle Détain et… …

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  • 6 detain — [dē tān′, ditān′] vt. [ME deteinen < OFr detenir < L detinere, to hold down or off, keep back, detain < de , off, from + tenere, to hold: see TENANT] 1. to keep in custody; confine 2. to keep from going on; hold back 3. Obs. to withhold… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Detain — De*tain , n. Detention. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 detain — early 15c., deteynen, from O.Fr. detenir to hold off, keep back (12c.), from L. detinere hold off, keep back, from de from, away (see DE (Cf. de )) + tenere to hold (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). Modern spelling is 17c., from influence of contain …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 detain — 1 *arrest, apprehend, attach Analogous words: *catch, capture: seize, *take: *imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail 2 withhold, hold, hold back, keep back, keep out, retain, reserve, *keep …

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  • 10 detain — [v] hold, keep back; arrest apprehend, bog down*, bust*, buttonhole*, check, confine, constrain, decelerate, delay, hang up*, hinder, hold up*, ice*, impede, inhibit, intern, jail, mire, nab*, pick up, pinch*, pull in*, put away*, reserve,… …

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  • 11 detain — ► VERB 1) keep from proceeding; delay. 2) keep in official custody. DERIVATIVES detainer noun detainment noun. ORIGIN Latin detinere keep back …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 detain — verb ADVERB ▪ briefly ▪ He was kidnapped and briefly detained by a terrorist group. ▪ indefinitely ▪ Prisoners cannot be detained indefinitely without charge. ▪ illegally …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 detain — [[t]dɪte͟ɪn[/t]] detains, detaining, detained 1) VERB When people such as the police detain someone, they keep them in a place under their control. [FORMAL] [V n] The act allows police to detain a suspect for up to 48 hours... [V n] He was… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 detain — 01. A suspect is being [detained] by police for questioning in the murder of a local woman. 02. I m sorry to [detain] you; I just want to ask you a couple of questions. 03. We were late for the meeting because we were [detained] by heavy traffic …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 15 detain — UK [dɪˈteɪn] / US verb [transitive] Word forms detain : present tense I/you/we/they detain he/she/it detains present participle detaining past tense detained past participle detained 1) to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 detain — verb (T) 1 to officially prevent someone from leaving a place: Police detained the terrorists. 2 to delay someone who wants to leave, by talking to them, asking them to do something etc: I want a quick word, but I won t detain you long …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 detain — verb 1) they were detained for questioning Syn: hold, take into custody, take (in), confine, imprison, lock up, put in jail, intern; arrest, apprehend, seize; informal pick up, run in, haul in, nab, collar Ant …

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  • 18 detain — verb 1) they were detained for questioning Syn: hold, take into custody, confine, imprison, intern, arrest, apprehend, seize; informal pick up; Brit.; informal nick 2) don t let me detain you Syn …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 19 detain — To hold; to keep in custody; to keep. To detain goods as amounting to a conversion of them means wrongfully to hold them and keep them in one s custody. Wails v Farrington, 27 Okla 754, 116 P 428 …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 20 detain — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English deteynen, from Anglo French deteign , stem of detenir, modification of Latin detinēre, from de + tenēre to hold more at thin Date: 15th century 1. to hold or keep in or as if in custody < detained by the… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary


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