Translation of "detain" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /dɪˈteɪn/ us

to force someone officially to stay in a place

A suspect has been detained by the police for questioning.
Several of the injured were detained overnight in hospital.

to delay someone for a short length of time

I’m sorry I’m late – I was unavoidably detained.

(Translation of “detain” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /diˈtein/

to hold back and delay

entretener, demorar, retener
I won’t detain you – I can see you’re in a hurry.

(of the police etc) to keep under guard

Three suspects were detained at the police station.
detainee noun

a person who is detained (by the police etc)

The detainees were all released without charge by the police.

(Translation of “detain” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)