detain

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detain(
dih
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teyn
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to delay)
a. demorar
A car accident on the highway detained me and I missed my flight.Un accidente de tráfico en la carretera me demoró y perdí el vuelo.
b. retrasar
A flat tire detained Alma on her way to the concert.Una llanta pinchada la retrasó a Alma cuando iba al concierto.
c. entretener
We would have arrived sooner, but Grandma detained us with stories about her rabbits.Hubiéramos llegado antes, pero Abuela nos entretuvo con historias sobre sus conejos.
d. retener
The nurse detained Sam until the doctor gave his approval to leave the hospital.La enfermera retuvo a Sam hasta que el médico dio la aprobación para que se retirara del hospital.
2. (to hold in custody)
a. detener
The police detained us for 45 minutes, then let us go.La policía nos detuvo durante 45 minutos, luego nos dejó ir.
b. arrestar
The police detained her and they charged her with burglary.La policía la arrestó y la acusó de robo.
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detain
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (suspect)
a. detener
such details need not detain usno deberíamos entretenernos en estos detalles
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detain [dɪˈteɪn]
transitive verb
1 (arrest) detener; arrestar
2 (keep waiting) retener
I was detained at the office me entretuve or demoré en la oficina; I was detained by fog me retrasé por la niebla; don't let me detain you no quiero entretenerla
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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