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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·tain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detained p. pr. & vb. n. Detaining.]
 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. 15.
 3. To hold or keep in custody.
 Syn: -- To withhold; retain; stop; stay; arrest; check; retard; delay; hinder.