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Spanish translation of “detain”

detain

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
detener
Three suspects were detained at the police station .
detainee noun a person who is detained (by the police etc)
detenido
The detainees were all released without charge by the police .
(Definition of detain from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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