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English definition of “detention”

detention

noun uk   /dɪˈten.ʃən/ us  
[U] the act of officially detaining someone: Concern has been expressed about the death in detention of a number of political prisoners.Putting people in prison [C or U] a form of punishment in which children are made to stay at school for a short time after classes have ended: She's had four detentions this term.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
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