ADJ. arbitrary Opponents of the regime had been subject to arbitrary detention, torture and execution. | pre-trial | indefinite If found guilty of smuggling drugs, she could face indefinite detention.
VERB + DETENTION be in, remain in 147 of the illegal immigrants remain in detention. | hold sb in, place sb in, sentence sb to He was held in detention from 1991 to 2001. They were sentenced to 12 months' detention in a young offender institution. | be subject to, face | release sb from
DETENTION + NOUN camp, centre
PREP. in ~ She spent 18 years in detention. | under ~ He made the confession while under detention.
PHRASES a period/term of detention The judge will fix the period of detention.