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 hireling. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. To restrain from proceeding; to stay or stop; to delay; as, we were detained by an accident. [1913 Webster]

Let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee. --Judges xiii. 15. [1913 Webster]

3. To hold or keep in custody.

Syn: To withhold; retain; stop; stay; arrest; check; retard; delay; hinder. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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