Definition of 'detain'
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He was detained and placed in a youth centre. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Since the attempted coup more than 43,000 people have been detained and more than half of those have been charged. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Thirteen people have been detained. Times, Sunday Times (2016)At least 70 people have been detained in connection with the proposed rally, on charges of belonging to the banned group. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The police have detained the mother of the minors to find out what happened. Times, Sunday Times (2010)We do detain people and we still have problems of crime. Times, Sunday Times (2006)They spent three nights in custody after being detained on international arrest warrants. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He was detained by police yesterday before being declared the victim and released after five hours. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Two people have been detained for suspected looting. The Sun (2009)Five people were detained by police but released after questioning. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Six officers were lightly injured and thirteen people were detained. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Eight were forced out by police and detained for hours while their property was bulldozed. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Police said three people had been detained for questioning. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Five people have been detained over the incident. The Sun (2011)Inspectors said that too many patients were detained in custody because there was nowhere else to put them. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He was promptly detained by police. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Initially detained in custody, he was put under house arrest at the weekend. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The individuals were removed and detained by police before the aircraft departed to Alicante. The Sun (2016)Police detained two people, who denied any connection with the blast. Times, Sunday Times (2006)No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although four suspects were detained by police soon after. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Everyone knows the real answer to antisocial behaviour is more police given powers to hold and detain trouble makers, not such fantasy schemes. The Sun (2007)A police spokeswoman said that five people had been detained in Lhasa in relation to arson during the riot. Times, Sunday Times (2008)SCORES of fans missed yesterday's game after being detained in custody by German cops all weekend. The Sun (2006)Yesterday, their driver told AFP that he took them along a desert road where they were stopped and detained by a convoy of soldiers. Times, Sunday Times (2011)
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Translations for 'detain'
British English: detain VERB
When people such as the police detain someone, they keep them in a place under their control.
The act allows police to detain a suspect for up to 48 hours.
Definition of detain from the Collins English Dictionary
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