1. [ noun ] the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them
Synonyms: confinement
Related terms: restraint imprisonment house_arrest commitment confine
2. [ noun ] a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
Synonyms: custody hold

"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
Synonyms: delay holdup
Related terms: inactivity gap dalliance procrastination slowdown filibuster postponement tarrying demurrage forbearance delay
Similar spelling:   detent