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Sample sentences for the GRE study word detain

detain can be used as a verb

1.He clutched her hand to detain her. - from Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2.What else can detain him at Norland. - from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
3.Pray allow me to detain you for a moment. - from The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
4.I can detain you both, quite concealed, here. - from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
5.It would not detain me, he had a coach in waiting. - from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
6.Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. - from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
7.And not all that could be urged to detain her succeeded. - from Emma by Jane Austen
8.Now, Watson, I won't detain you from your legitimate work any longer. - from Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
9.some occasion may detain us longer. - from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
10.How suttly to detaine thee I devise. - from Paradise Lost by John Milton
11.The star my departing comrade holds and detains me. - from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
12.But what detains her Go, Edward, and see.. - from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Pere

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