de·tain vt1: to hold or keep in custody or possessionproperty wrongfully detain eda juvenile detain ed in a care facility2: to restrain from proceedingdetain ed the driver and asked to see his license
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
(hold in custody) verb
apprehend, arrest, capture, commit, confine, contain, control, enthrall, guard, hold, hold captive, hold in check, hold in preventive custody, hold in thrall, hold under duress, immure, impound, imprison, incarcerate, intern, isolate, jail, keep in custody, keep in detention, keep under arrest, keep under control, keep within bounds, lock up, mure, pen, place in durance, put under arrest, put under restraint, quarantine, remand, retain, secure, shut in, surround, take captive, take into custody, take prisoner, trammel
associated concepts: detained in custody, detained in jail
arrest, bind, bound, chain, check, circumscribe, confine, constrain, contain, control, curb, delay, encumber, fetter, filibuster, forestall, gyve, halt, hamper, hinder, hold back, hold up, impede, inhibit, keep, keep back, keep under control, keep within bounds, lay under restraint, limit, manacle, obstruct, prevent, rein in, restrict, retinere, shackle, stall, stay, stop, suppress, tenere, trammel
associated concepts: unlawfully detained
apprehend (arrest), arrest (apprehend), arrest (stop), balk, check (restrain), clog, confine, constrain (imprison), constrict (inhibit), contain (restrain), curb, debar, defer (put off), delay, hinder, hold up (delay), immure, impede, imprison, jail, keep (restrain), preclude, prevent, restrain, retain (keep in possession), stall, stay (halt), stop
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
v.To hold in custody; to arrest; to keep or hold back.n.detention
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.
See: imprisonCategory: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. Gerald N. Hill, Kathleen Thompson Hill. 2009.