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English definition of “detention”

detention

noun     /dɪˈtenʃən/
PRISON [U] a situation in which someone is officially kept somewhere and not allowed to leave Putting people in prisonPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
SCHOOL [C, U] a school punishment in which a student is kept in school after the other students leave Schools in generalPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of detention noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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