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English definition of “detain”

detain

verb [T]    /dɪˈteɪn/
to force someone officially to stay in a place : A suspect is being detained by the police for further questioning . To detain someone is also to delay that person for a short period of time : We were detained in traffic and arrived at the theater a little late.
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