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detention

noun
 
 
/dɪˈtenʃən/
PRISON [U] a situation in which someone is officially kept somewhere and not allowed to leavePutting 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 leaveSchools in generalPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of detention from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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