detain
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English deteynen, from Anglo-French deteign-, stem of detenir, modification of Latin detinēre, from de- + tenēre to hold — more at thin Date: 15th century 1. to hold or keep in or as if in custody <
detained by the police for questioning
>
2. obsolete to keep back (as something due) ; withhold 3. to restrain especially from proceeding <
was detained by a flat tire
>
Synonyms: see keep, delaydetainment noun

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  • Detain — De*tain (d[ e]*t[=a]n ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Detained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Detaining}.] [F. d[ e]tenir, L. detinere, detentum; de + tenere to hold. See {Tenable}.] 1. To keep back or from; to withhold. [1913 Webster] Detain not the wages of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Detain — Detain, Détain On rencontre le nom à la fois en Bourgogne (21) et en Normandie (76). La forme la plus courante comporte un accent (Détain). Apparemment celui qui est originaire d une localité portant ce nom. Le toponyme est très fréquent sous les …   Noms de famille

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  • Détain — était une commune française, située dans le département de la Côte d Or et la région Bourgogne. La commune a disparu officiellement le 1er janvier 1806 suite à la fusion avec sa voisine Bruant. La nouvelle commune s appelle Détain et… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • detain — [dē tān′, ditān′] vt. [ME deteinen < OFr detenir < L detinere, to hold down or off, keep back, detain < de , off, from + tenere, to hold: see TENANT] 1. to keep in custody; confine 2. to keep from going on; hold back 3. Obs. to withhold… …   English World dictionary

  • Detain — De*tain , n. Detention. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • detain — early 15c., deteynen, from O.Fr. detenir to hold off, keep back (12c.), from L. detinere hold off, keep back, from de from, away (see DE (Cf. de )) + tenere to hold (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). Modern spelling is 17c., from influence of contain …   Etymology dictionary

  • detain — 1 *arrest, apprehend, attach Analogous words: *catch, capture: seize, *take: *imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail 2 withhold, hold, hold back, keep back, keep out, retain, reserve, *keep …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • detain — [v] hold, keep back; arrest apprehend, bog down*, bust*, buttonhole*, check, confine, constrain, decelerate, delay, hang up*, hinder, hold up*, ice*, impede, inhibit, intern, jail, mire, nab*, pick up, pinch*, pull in*, put away*, reserve,… …   New thesaurus

  • detain — ► VERB 1) keep from proceeding; delay. 2) keep in official custody. DERIVATIVES detainer noun detainment noun. ORIGIN Latin detinere keep back …   English terms dictionary

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