verb im·pris·on \im-ˈpri-zən\

: to put (someone) in prison

Full Definition of IMPRISON

transitive verb
:  to put in or as if in prison :  confine
im·pris·on·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of IMPRISON

  1. He was imprisoned for murder.
  2. He has threatened to imprison his political opponents.

Origin of IMPRISON

Middle English, from Anglo-French emprisoner, from en- + prison prison
First Known Use: 14th century
IMPRISON Defined for Kids


verb im·pris·on \im-ˈpri-zən\

Definition of IMPRISON for Kids

:  to put in prison


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