Meaning of “detention centre” in the English Dictionary

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"detention centre" in British English

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detention centrenoun [ C ]

UK US detention center uk /dɪˈten.ʃən ˌsen.tər/ us /dɪˈten.ʃən ˌsen.t̬ɚ/

a type of prison where young people can be kept for short periods of time

a place where people who have entered a country without the necessary documents can be kept for short periods of time

(Definition of “detention centre” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)