detain detain  /dɪ ˈteɪn/


  1. (v) deprive of freedom; take into confinement
  2. (v) stop or halt
  3. (v) cause to be slowed down or delayed


Derived Word(s)


  1. Authorities detain bloggers for posting content, even third-party material, deemed to be false or detrimental to national unity.
  2. Alfonsin responded by declaring a 30-day state of siege, which entitles police to detain suspected looters without charging them.
  3. Taliban fighters detain two unseen men for campaigning for presidential candidate Mullah Abdul Salam Rocketi at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan.


  1. Arizona Judge May Monitor Arpaio Civil Rights Compliance

    Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s compliance with a court order not to detain Latino motorists and passengers only on the suspicion they are undocumented immigrants or to use race or Latino ancestry as a reason to stop a vehicle may be monitored by the judge who issued the order.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  2. Czech police detain prime minister's aide: media

    By Jan Lopatka and Robert Muller PRAGUE (Reuters) - Police from the Czech Republic's organized crime unit on Thursday detained a senior aide to Prime Minister Petr Necas, local media reported, in raids on several government offices that were confirmed by police and ministry officials. Necas himself was visited by the head of the police unit and two state attorneys, Interior Minister Jan Kubice ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Police detain teen in Del Paso Heights standoff

    Sacramento police officers detained a suspect following reports that an armed person was barricaded inside a home in the Del Paso Heights area.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: KCRA 3 Sacramento

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