detention Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"detention" in British English

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uk   us   /dɪˈten.ʃən/
[U] the ​act of ​officially detaining someone: Concern has been ​expressed about the ​death in detention of a ​number of ​politicalprisoners. [C or U] a ​form of ​punishment in which ​children are made to ​stay at ​school for a ​shorttime after ​classes have ​ended: She's had four detentions this ​term.
(Definition of detention from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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detentionnoun [C/U]

 us   /dɪˈten·tʃən/
the ​act or ​condition of being ​officiallyforced to ​stay in a ​place: [U] He ​claimed that his detention by the ​authorities was ​unlawful. Detention is also a ​punishment in which a ​student must ​remain in ​school for a ​shorttime after ​classes have ​ended for the ​day.
(Definition of detention from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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