detain - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participledetaining
past tensedetained
past participledetained
  1. 2
    to keep someone in hospital because they are too ill to leave

    Nine people were treated in hospital and one was detained overnight.

  2. 3
    formal to delay someone who has to go somewhere

    Ms Dawson has been detained, so we will start the meeting without her.