Definition Of detain
keep (someone) in official custody, typically for questioning about a crime or in politically sensitive situations.
she was detained without trial for two years
Example Of detain
A machine detains you for only a moment and then a pleasant live operator will thank you for saying ‘I oppose’ (or ‘I approve of’) of the proposed War against Iraq.
A second suspected militant was also detained by Italian police, they said.
Apparently referring to detainment of suspected enemy combatants, he said the law reminds him of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
As I say, I wasn't detained by the characters' opinions.
Because he was not detained in custody after 10th April, he continued to offend.