verb (used with object)
Origin of detain
Examples from the Web for detain
Kadyrov had promised to detain Muslim women wearing veils that cover their faces.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia|Anna Nemtsova|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, Israel is not the only country to detain refugee applicants.After Fleeing War and Genocide, African Refugees in Israel March for Freedom|Matt Surrusco|December 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They find a few ounces of meth in the car and detain him for twenty four hours.The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico|Nick Romeo|August 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Senator Marco Rubio asks "Why shouldn't we have a place to take people that we detain--like Guantanamo?"
They will detain them and begin the process of removal—which is what federal law theoretically calls for in the first place.
"I will not detain you longer than is absolutely necessary," the other replied.A Cabinet Secret|Guy Boothby
There was nothing to detain him in town but the dread of communicating this intelligence to his wife.Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
He did not seek to detain her, and they retraced their steps, speaking little by the way, until they came to his sitting-room.The Career of Katherine Bush|Elinor Glyn
She then walked tempestuously past the astonished lady out into the garden and brushed roughly by Sleeny, who tried to detain her.The Bread-winners|John Hay
There are other directions in which the classical revival influenced writing that need not detain us here.English Literature: Modern|G. H. Mair
British Dictionary definitions for detain
Word Origin for detain
Word Origin and History for detain
early 15c., deteynen, from Old French detenir "to hold off, keep back" (12c.), from Latin detinere "hold off, keep back," from de- "from, away" (see de-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Modern spelling is 17c., from influence of contain, retain, etc. Related: Detained; detaining.