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- 1. detention, detainment, hold, custody, confinement
- usage: a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police"
- 2. detention, punishment, penalty, penalization, penalisation
- usage: a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home; "the detention of tardy pupils"
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See also: detention (Dictionary)