detain
de·tain vt
1: to hold or keep in custody or possession
property wrongfully detain ed
a juvenile detain ed in a care facility
2: to restrain from proceeding
detain ed the driver and asked to see his license

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

detain
I (hold in custody) verb apprehend, arrest, capture, commit, confine, contain, control, enthrall, guard, hold, hold captive, hold in check, hold in preventive custody, hold in thrall, hold under duress, immure, impound, imprison, incarcerate, intern, isolate, jail, keep in custody, keep in detention, keep under arrest, keep under control, keep within bounds, lock up, mure, pen, place in durance, put under arrest, put under restraint, quarantine, remand, retain, secure, shut in, surround, take captive, take into custody, take prisoner, trammel associated concepts: detained in custody, detained in jail II (restrain) verb arrest, bind, bound, chain, check, circumscribe, confine, constrain, contain, control, curb, delay, encumber, fetter, filibuster, forestall, gyve, halt, hamper, hinder, hold back, hold up, impede, inhibit, keep, keep back, keep under control, keep within bounds, lay under restraint, limit, manacle, obstruct, prevent, rein in, restrict, retinere, shackle, stall, stay, stop, suppress, tenere, trammel associated concepts: unlawfully detained III index apprehend (arrest), arrest (apprehend), arrest (stop), balk, check (restrain), clog, confine, constrain (imprison), constrict (inhibit), contain (restrain), curb, debar, defer (put off), delay, hinder, hold up (delay), immure, impede, imprison, jail, keep (restrain), preclude, prevent, restrain, retain (keep in possession), stall, stay (halt), stop

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


detain
v.
To hold in custody; to arrest; to keep or hold back.
n.
detention

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


detain
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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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

  • Détain — 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

  • 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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