how to pronounce detain


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detain is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of detain in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… to fine us detain us to threaten us to …”

meaning of detain

To detain means to keep someone in custody or to hold them in a place of confinement.

detain frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word detain occurs in english on average 1.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics detain can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that detain can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) people, society, and culture;

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