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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

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