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Definition of detain:

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

Synonyms:

make prisoner, keep, capture, ride out, seize, hang up, go, remain, lock, withstand, live, trammel, last, endure, hold out, take prisoner, stay put, law, defy, take into custody, outride, live on, slow, incarcerate, stay on, enclose, hold, hold in, survive, hold water, intern, rest, continue, arrest, lag, bide, appease, stick, hold up, bound, confine, sustain, help, retard, stall, quell, stand up, apprehend, jail, stick up, delay, throttle, support, limit, circumscribe, set back, abide, imprison, free, stay, time, stick around, last out, secure, immure, persist.

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