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to stop

"detener" can be a verb. You can see the conjugations below.

transitive verb
1. to stop (parar)
  • consiguieron detener la hemorragia -> they managed to stop the bleeding
  • estaba decidido, nada podía detenerlo -> he had made up his mind, nothing could stop him
2. to arrest (arrestar)
3. to keep, to delay (entretener)
pronomial verb
1. to stop (pararse)
  • detenerse a hacer algo -> to stop to do something
  • se detuvo a hablar con una amiga y llegó tarde -> she stopped to talk to a friend and was late
2. to hang about, to linger (demorarse)
  • no te detengas tanto con la presentación y ve al grano -> don't spend so much time on the presentation and get to the point

detener [day-tay-nerr’]
article & verb transitive
1. To stop, to detain, to hinder, to fix.
  • Detener el progreso de -> to hold up the progress of
2. To arrest, to imprison, to constrain.
3. To keep, to keep back, to retain, to reserve.
verb reflexive
4. To tarry, to stay, to continue, to forbear, to give over.
5. To be detained, to stop, to be at leisure.
  • Se detuvo a mirarlo -> he stopped to look at it
6. To consider a thing maturely.

1 (parar) to stop
me detuvo en la calle he stopped me in the street
2 (retrasar) to hold up; delay
detener el progreso de algo to hold up the progress of sth; no quiero detenerlo I don't want to keep o delay you
3 (retener) [+objeto] to keep
4 (Jur) (arrestar) to arrest; (encarcelar) to detain
1 (pararse) to stop
¡no te detengas! don't hang about!; se detuvo a mirarlo he stopped to look at it
2 (demorarse) to waste time;en on
se detiene mucho en eso he's taking a long time over that
no voy a detenerme en dar los detalles se detuvo en comentarios que no interesaban a nadie no te detengas en la presentación, ve directamente al grano

Verb Conjugations for "detener" (go to to stop)


yo detengo detuve detenía detendría detendré
detienes detuviste detenías detendrías detendrás
él/ella/Ud. detiene detuvo detenía detendría detendrá
nosotros detenemos detuvimos deteníamos detendríamos detendremos
vosotros detenéis detuvisteis deteníais detendríais detendréis
ellos/ellas/Uds. detienen detuvieron detenían detendrían detendrán
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