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Synonyms for detain
dɪˈteɪnde·tain

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. detain

    The legal term arrest carries always the implication of a legal offense; this is true even of arresting for debt. But one may be detained by process of law when no offense is alleged against him, as in the case of a witness who is held in a house of detention till a case comes to trial. One may be restrained of his liberty without arrest, as in an insane asylum; an individual or corporation may be restrained by injunction from selling certain property. In case of an arrest, an officer may secure his prisoner by fetters, by a locked door, or other means effectually to prevent escape. Capture is commonly used of seizure by armed force; as, to capture a ship, a fort, etc. Compare HINDER; OBSTRUCT.

    Synonyms:
    apprehend, arrest, capture, catch, hold, make prisoner, restrain, secure, seize, stop, take into custody, take prisoner

    Antonyms:
    discharge, dismiss, free, liberate, release, set free

    Preposition:
    Arrested for crime, on suspicion, by the sheriff; on, upon, or by virtue of a warrant; on final process; in execution.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. detain

    Synonyms:
    stay, keep, arrest, check, withhold, delay, restrain, embargo, stop

    Antonyms:
    liberate, expedite, accelerate, dismiss, loose, disembargo

Princeton's WordNet

  1. confine, detainverb

    deprive of freedom; take into confinement

    Synonyms:
    restrict, hold, bound, restrain, circumscribe, stay, throttle, hold in, hold up, confine, delay, limit, trammel, enclose

  2. stay, detain, delayverb

    stop or halt

    "Please stay the bloodshed!"

    Synonyms:
    quell, delay, bide, stick, stay, last out, confine, hold up, ride out, persist, check, rest, appease, remain, stick around, abide, retard, stay on, stay put, outride, continue

  3. delay, detain, hold upverb

    cause to be slowed down or delayed

    "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"

    Synonyms:
    go, live, stick up, stay, last, delay, confine, hold up, hold out, hold, sustain, hold water, live on, support, check, retard, endure, stand up, withstand, defy, survive

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. detainverb

    Synonyms:
    restrain, stay, check, delay, retain, stop, keep back

  2. detainverb

    Synonyms:
    confine, hold in custody

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How to use detain in a sentence?

  1. Walter Landor:

    My thoughts are my company I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.

  2. Tae Johnson:

    Given the unique needs of this population, we will not detain individuals known to be pregnant, postpartum, or nursing unless release is prohibited by law or exceptional circumstances exist.

  3. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    Our preference when dealing with suspected terrorists is to capture, detain, debrief and prosecute them, but the fact is ... in some areas of the world, particularly in remote locations where extremists are hiding out, local authorities have limited capacity and, in some cases, limited will to go after these extremists.

  4. Omar Jadwat:

    The last thing the government should be doing is putting immigrants into prisons so that it can detain even more people who pose no threat to anyone.

  5. Homer:

    It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.


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