Translation of detain in Spanish:


Pronunciation /dəˈteɪn/ /dɪˈteɪn/

See Spanish definition of detener

transitive verb

  • 1 formal

    don't let me detain you no quiero entretenerlo / demorarlo
    • I was detained by a customer me demoré con un cliente
    • it need not detain us long no debiera tomarnos mucho tiempo
    • A machine detains you for only a moment and then a pleasant live operator will thank you for saying ‘I oppose’ (or ‘I approve of’) of the proposed War against Iraq.
    • Freddie was passed down the line, each diver detaining him to take their turn.
    • It appeared to be pointing in my direction to scare me away and stop me detaining him.
    • As I say, I wasn't detained by the characters' opinions.
    • Insofar as form and language detain him, they detain him as questions of ideology.
    • Many people will think that this question need not detain us for more than a moment: the answer is yes.
  • 2

    (in custody)
    • Indeed, that judge may be inclined to put pressure on a suspect by deciding to detain him in police custody for the purpose of questioning.
    • Because he was not detained in custody after 10th April, he continued to offend.
    • The claimant may also expect to discover whether the custody officer who detained him did so from a genuine belief in the need so to act, or from some ulterior motive.
    • There has been a very huge difference between actually arresting someone and detaining him for questioning.
    • Officers confiscated medical instruments and blood stained linen as evidence and detained both women for questioning.
    • The waiter was detained for further questioning to make sure he was not in possession of other stolen property.
    • More than five weeks later, on August 14, Mitchell was detained for questioning but was released later that day without charge.
    • The three guards were detained and questioned, after which the security firm suspended one pending the outcome of the inquiry.
    • He was detained and questioned by UK Police, who used their powers under the Anti-Terrorism laws to do so.
    • A second suspected militant was also detained by Italian police, they said.
    • They were briefly detained by police, then released without charge.
    • If people are unlawfully detained, they have a right to be free?
    • They argued that I was being unlawfully detained in prison as a result of the Stafford ruling.
    • Because of poverty, the suspects are detained for 143 days on average before a court appearance.
    • The ten men were originally detained without trial for two years in Belmarsh prison.
    • Over 50 fans were arrested and 15 of them were detained in custody.
    • No child could be detained for a lengthy period of time without an order from juvenile court.
    • Two brothers who once were detained in connection with the case are now back in jail.
    • Singh says he was detained for three hours until his friends could bail him out.
    • The military claimed they were detaining him because of ‘inconsistencies in his initial testimony.’
  • 3

    (in hospital)
    hacer quedar
  • 4

    dejar castigado
    hacer quedar después de clase