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An example use of detain in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… the police the powers to detain people …”
To detain means to keep someone in custody or to hold them in a place of confinement.
the word detain occurs in english on average 1.6 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.
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;