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Definition of detention noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of being kept in a place, especially a prison, and prevented from leaving a sentence of 12 months' detention in a juvenile detention center police powers of arrest and detention allegations of torture and detention without trial a detention camp
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] the punishment of being kept at school for a time after other students have gone home They can't give me (a) detention for this. see also detain
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