|1.||[ noun ] the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them|
|Related terms:||restraint imprisonment house_arrest commitment confine|
|2.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||confinement restrain|
|3.||[ noun ] a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home|
"the detention of tardy pupils"
|Related terms:||punishment confine|
|4.||[ noun ] the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time|
|Related terms:||inactivity gap dalliance procrastination slowdown filibuster postponement tarrying demurrage forbearance delay|