Legal Definition and Related Resources of Detain

Meaning of Detain

Keep in confinement. Withhold or to hold or keep in custody ; retain the possession of.

Synonyms of Detain

(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
  • isolatejail
  • 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

(Restrain), verb

  • arrest
  • bind
  • bound
  • chain
  • check
  • circumscribe
  • confine
  • constrain
  • contain
  • control
  • curb
  • delay
  • encumber
  • fetter
  • filibuster
  • forestall
  • gyve
  • halt
  • hamper
  • hinder
  • holdbackhold up
  • impede
  • inhibit
  • keepkeep 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

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Meaning of Detain (to) in Spanish

Description/ translation of detain (to) into Spanish: reducir a prisión, encarcelar; to be detained: ingresar en prisión[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where detain (to) belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Detain (to) published by Antonio Peñaranda






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