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.

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