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There are 3 meanings of the word Detain.

How to pronounce detain:


Detain - as a verb

Deprive of freedom; take into confinement

Synonyms (Exact Relations)
Hypernyms (Closely Related)
Hyponyms (Broadly Related)

Stop or halt

Example: "Please stay the bloodshed!"

Synonyms (Exact Relations)

Cause to be slowed down or delayed

Example: "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"

Synonyms (Exact Relations)
delay9hold up
Hypernyms (Closely Related)
decelerate13slow7slow downslow up
Hyponyms (Broadly Related)

Example Sentences

"The police officer decided to detain the suspect for further questioning."
"The immigration authorities may detain individuals who are found to be in the country illegally."
"The company had to detain the delivery driver until the stolen packages were found."
"The teacher had to detain the student after school for disruptive behavior."
"The security guards were instructed to detain anyone acting suspiciously."
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Word Game Points

Is DETAIN a valid Scrabble word?
Yes, detain is valid for both Scrabble US and EU
US/CA Valid UK/EU Valid

DETAIN has a SCRABBLE points total of 7.

Is DETAIN a valid Words With Friends word?
Yes, detain is valid for Words With Friends
Valid Word
DETAIN has a WORDS WITH FRIENDS points total of 8.

Is DETAIN a valid WordFeud word?
Yes, detain is valid for WordFeud
Valid Word
DETAIN has a WORDFEUD points total of 7.

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