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Verb: detain  di'teyn
  1. Deprive of freedom; take into confinement
    - confine
     
  2. Stop or halt
    - stay, delay
     
  3. Cause to be slowed down or delayed
    "Traffic was detained by the bad weather";
    - delay, hold up

Derived forms: detaining, detained, detains

Type of: check, decelerate, delay, retard, slow, slow down, slow up

Encyclopedia: Detain