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Synonyms for detain
dɪˈteɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confine, detain(verb)

    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, delay(verb)

    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 up(verb)

    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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. detain(v. a.)

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

  2. detain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    confine, hold in custody

How to pronounce detain?

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How to use detain in a sentence?

  1. Homer:

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

  2. Peter Ustinov:

    People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven't got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom.

  3. Donald Trump:

    What I'm asking Congress to do is to give us a third option, which we have been requesting since last year, the legal authority to detain and promptly remove families together as a unit. We have to be able to do this. This is the only solution to the border crisis.

  4. Southaven Police Chief Tom Long:

    Officers attempted to detain the subject who began to resist and run from them again.

  5. President Raimonds Vejonis:

    I don’t believe that we need to close borders because in reality these people who are involved in terrorism are already mainly European citizens. It means our security institutions need to work more carefully and intensively to recognize such individuals and detain them if necessary.


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