He was kidnapped and briefly detained by a terrorist group.


Prisoners cannot be detained indefinitely without charge.

need not (esp. BrE)

This issue need not detain us long.


She was arrested and detained for distributing pro-democracy leaflets.

in connection with

Over 60 people have been detained in connection with the coup attempt.

be detained in custody, be detained in hospital (both BrE)

Two people were detained in hospital following the crash.

detain sb without charge, detain sb without trial

He has been detained without trial for nearly two years now.

Detain is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑authority, ↑police
Detain is used with these nouns as the object: ↑alien, ↑immigrant, ↑prisoner, ↑suspect

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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