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detain

verb   /dɪˈteɪn/
to force someone officially to stay in a place detener A suspect has been detained by the police for questioning. Several of the injured were detained overnight in hospital.699
to delay someone for a short length of time demorar I’m sorry I’m late – I was unavoidably detained.1559
(Definition of detain from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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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