- to keep from proceeding; keep waiting; delay.
- to keep under restraint or in custody.
- Obsolete. to keep back or withhold, as from a person.
Origin of detain
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Contemporary Examples of detainment
While many are outraged at the detainment of Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts, not all are shocked.The Ongoing Stigma of Interracial Dating
September 15, 2014
Her detainment seems to have strengthened her determination.Teen Activist Speaks Out On Rape In Syria’s Prisons
March 10, 2013
See the latest updates, including the detainment of three U.S. students.Egypt's Army Vows Speedy Power Transfer
November 21, 2011
Given the detainment of journalists in Libya, will that deter other journalists from heading into dangerous zones?March 20: 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk
The Daily Beast Video
March 20, 2011
She disputed news reports suggesting that Assange was living in fear of arrest or detainment by U.S. authorities.Pentagon Snubs Leaker's Lawyers
June 18, 2010
Historical Examples of detainment
- to delay; hold back; stop
- to confine or hold in custody; restrain
- archaic to retain or withhold