Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of DETAIN

Pronunciation:  di'teyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"
  2. [v]  stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"
  3. [v]  deprive of freedom; take into confinement

DETAIN is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: confine, delay, hold up, stay
 Antonyms: free, hurry, liberate, loose, release, rush, unloose, unloosen
 See Also: bind over, buy time, cage, cage in, catch, check, decelerate, gaol, immure, imprison, incarcerate, jail, jug, keep, keep in, lag, put away, put behind bars, remand, retard, slow, slow down, slow up, stall, straiten, trap



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
             Detain not the wages of the hireling. --Jer. Taylor.
    2. To restrain from proceeding; to stay or stop; to delay;
       as, we were detained by an accident.
             Let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a
             kid for thee.                         --Judges xiii.
    3. To hold or keep in custody.
    Syn: To withhold; retain; stop; stay; arrest; check; retard;
         delay; hinder.
  2. \De*tain"\, n.
    Detention. [Obs.] --Spenser.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: apprehend, arrest, backpedal, backwater, block, bog down, bottle up, box up, brake, bust, buttonhole, cage, check, clip the wings, cloister, confine, constrain, coop, coop in, coop up, cork up, countercheck, crib, curb, dam up, damp, dampen, decelerate, delay, drag, draw rein, ease off, ease up, encage, enclose, fence in, hang up, hem in, hinder, hold, hold back, hold in check, hold in custody, hold in restraint, hold up, immure, impede, impound, inhibit, intercept, interfere, intermeddle, interrupt, intervene, keep, keep back, keep in, keep in check, keep in custody, keep in detention, keep out, lag, let down, let up, lose ground, lose momentum, lose speed, make late, meddle, mew, mew up, mire, moderate, nab, obstruct, oppose, pen, pen up, pick up, pinch, pound, pull in, rail in, reef, rein in, relax, repress, reserve, resist, restrain, restrict, retain, retard, run in, scotch, seal up, set back, shackle, shut in, shut up, slack off, slack up, slacken, slow, slow down, slow up, snub, stay, stop, suppress, take in sail, throttle down, wall in, withhold