1. [ verb ] deprive of freedom; take into confinement
Synonyms: confine
Related terms: free imprison trap keep_in imprison bind_over keep intern straiten cage detention detention
2. [ verb ] stop or halt
Synonyms: delay stay

"Please stay the bloodshed!"

Related terms: check delay
3. [ verb ] cause to be slowed down or delayed
Synonyms: delay hold_up

"Traffic was delayed by the bad weather" "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"

Related terms: rush decelerate buy_time stall stonewall catch delay
Similar spelling:   detainee