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  1. de·tain
    IPA[dəˈtān]
  2. verb

    • 1. keep (someone) from proceeding; hold back:

      she made to open the door, but he detained her
      Synonym : delay, hold up, make late, retard, keep (back), slow up, slow down, set back, get bogged down, hinder, hamper, impede, obstruct
    • 2. keep (someone) in official custody, typically for questioning about a crime or in politically sensitive situations:

      she was detained without trial for two years
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: detain, 3rd person present: detains, gerund or present participle: detaining, past tense: detained, past participle: detained

    • verb

      keep (someone) from proceeding by holding them back or making claims on their attention:

      keep (someone) in official custody, typically for questioning about a crime or in a politically sensitive situation:

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