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Definition 1: cause to be slowed down or delayed - [verb of change]

Samples where detain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Traffic was delayed by the bad weather
  • she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform

Synonyms for detain in the sense of this definition

(detain is a kind of ...) lose velocity; move more slowly

"The car decelerated"

(... is a kind of detain ) engage in delaying tactics or refuse to cooperate

"The President stonewalled when he realized the plot was being uncovered by a journalist"

(... is a kind of detain ) delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned

"I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"

(... is a kind of detain ) deliberately delay an event or action

"she doesn't want to write the report, so she is stalling"

(... is a kind of detain ) act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage

Definition 2: stop or halt - [verb of change]

Samples where detain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please stay the bloodshed!

Synonyms for detain in the sense of this definition

(detain is a kind of ...) slow the growth or development of

"The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

Synonyms for detain in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of detain ) hold and prevent from leaving

"The student was kept after school"

(... is a kind of detain ) squeeze together

(... is a kind of detain ) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

"The suspects were imprisoned without trial" "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"

(... is a kind of detain ) deprive of freedom

"During WW II, Japanese were interned in camps in the West"

(... is a kind of detain ) order a defendant to be placed in custody pending the outcome of a proceedings against him or her

"The defendant was bound over for trial"

(... is a kind of detain ) confine as if in a prison

"His daughters are virtually imprisoned in their own house; he does not let them go out without a chaperone"

(... is a kind of detain ) confine in a cage

"The animal was caged"

(... is a kind of detain ) place in a confining or embarrassing position

"He was trapped in a difficult situation"

(... is a kind of detain ) cause to stay indoors

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