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Meaning of detain

de•tain

Pronunciation: (di-tān'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to keep from proceeding; keep waiting; delay.
  2. to keep under restraint or in custody.
  3. to keep back or withhold, as from a person.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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