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1      (Téc)   stop, catch,   (Aut)   oil seal
2    (=reserva)   reserve, store  
tener algo de retén      to have sth in reserve  
3      (Mil)   reserves    pl  , reinforcements    pl     
hombre de retén      reserve  
estar de retén      to be on call  
4      (LAm)   [+de policía]   roadblock, police roadblock
5      (Caribe)   (=correccional)   remand home
Translation Spanish - English Collins Dictionary  
estar de retén exp.
to be on call

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to have sth in reserve
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"retén": examples and translations in context
Me arrestaron en Darfur en un retén. I got arrested in Darfur at a checkpoint.
Está a unos 15 kilómetros del aquí, en un retén. It's about 15 Miles from here, at a checkpoint.
El general Adelmo Fajardo, comandante de la décima brigada, dijo a periodistas que guerrilleros del frente 41 de las FARC establecieron un retén en la carretera donde ocurrió el hecho la noche del 22 de marzo. General Adelmo Fajardo, 10th Brigade Commander, told the press that guerrillas from FARC's Front 41 set up a check point, where the incident took place on the night of March 22.
"Los bandidos (...), salieron sobre la vía disparando en forma indiscriminada contra la población civil, impactando un taxi en el cual iban civiles", al parecer porque no se detuvieron en el retén ilegal, dijo a la prensa. "The criminals (...) appeared on the road, shooting randomly against civilians, and hitting a taxi with civilians inside," apparently because they did not stop at the illegal check point, he told the press.
Sólo seis de ellos fueron arrestados en un retén militar. Only six of them were arrested at a military roadblock.
No había ningún retén en el camino. Yet, there was no roadblock.
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