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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Hold back, delay.

Usage examples (36)
  • The refugees were detained at the border until their passports were found.
  • Even if the initial decision to detain is legally valid, for how long should detention last?
  • The fact that the Act and the orders are silent on detention does not of course mean that any power to detain is lacking.
  • There's something temporary about the word "detain" -- as in "detained for questioning." for more
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