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detain vt1 : to hold or keep in custody or possession [property wrongfully ed] [a juvenile ed in a care facility]
2 : to restrain from proceeding [ed the driver and asked to see his license]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.