Definition of detain in English:
- A machine detains you for only a moment and then a pleasant live operator will thank you for saying ‘I oppose’ (or ‘I approve of’) of the proposed War against Iraq.
- Freddie was passed down the line, each diver detaining him to take their turn.
- It appeared to be pointing in my direction to scare me away and stop me detaining him.
- Indeed, that judge may be inclined to put pressure on a suspect by deciding to detain him in police custody for the purpose of questioning.
- Because he was not detained in custody after 10th April, he continued to offend.
- The claimant may also expect to discover whether the custody officer who detained him did so from a genuine belief in the need so to act, or from some ulterior motive.
- The reference to detention (my emphasis) appear to show that the Customs had a right to detain goods at any rate if their true value had not been declared.
- The goods were detained again at customs for lack of certain import papers.
- Inspecting premises such as restaurants, pubs, and food factories, detaining and seizing suspect food and investigating possible food poisoning outbreaks are all part of the job.
- Example sentences
- How did the mayor justify the arrest and prolonged detainment of these individuals?
- Clearly the police have unique powers of arrest and detainment which no civilian should be able to imitate.
- The search resulted in the detainment of three insurgents who remain in custody.
Late Middle English (in the sense 'be afflicted with sickness or infirmity'): from Old French detenir, from a variant of Latin detinere, from de- 'away, aside' + tenere 'to hold'.
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