Definition of “detention” - English Dictionary

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“detention” in British English

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detentionnoun

uk /dɪˈten.ʃən/ us /dɪˈten.ʃən/

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

“detention” in American English

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detentionnoun [ C/U ]

us /dɪˈten·tʃən/

the act or condition of being officially forced 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 short time after classes have ended for the day.

(Definition of “detention” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)