"detain" in the verb sense
1. confine, detain
deprive of freedom take into confinement
2. stay, detain, delay
stop or halt
"Please stay the bloodshed!"
3. delay, detain, hold up
cause to be slowed down or delayed
"Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"
"she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"
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