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English definition of “detention centre”

detention centre

noun [C] UK (US detention center)    
a type of prison where young people can be kept for short periods of timePrisons and parts of prisons a place where people who have entered a country without the necessary documents can be kept for short periods of timePrisons and parts of prisons
(Definition of detention centre noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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