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Meaning & Definition of Detention in English

English

Detention

/dɪtɛnʃən/

noun

1. A state of being confined (usually for a short time)

  • "His detention was politically motivated"
  • "The prisoner is on hold"
  • "He is in the custody of police"
    synonym:
  • detention
  • ,
  • detainment
  • ,
  • hold
  • ,
  • custody

2. A punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home

  • "The detention of tardy pupils"
    synonym:
  • detention