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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" [syn: hold, custody]
2 a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home; "the detention of tardy pupils"

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  1. The act of detaining or the state of being detained.
  2. A temporary state of custody or confinement, especially of a prisoner awaiting trial, or of a student being punished.

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Detention may refer to:

See also

detention in Simple English: Detention

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