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incarcerate

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verb in·car·cer·ate \in-ˈkär-sə-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of incarcerate

  • : to put (someone) in prison

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of incarcerate

incarcerated

incarcerating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put in prison

  3. 2 :  to subject to confinement

incarceration

play \(ˌ)in-ˌkär-sə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

Examples of incarcerate in a sentence

  1. <the state incarcerated over 1900 people last year>



Did You Know?

A criminal sentenced to incarceration may wish his or her debt to society could be canceled, but such a wistful felon might be surprised to learn that incarcerate and cancel are related. Incarcerate comes from incarcerare, a Latin verb meaning "to imprison." That Latin root comes from carcer, Latin for prison. Etymologists think that cancel probably got its start when the spelling of carcer was modified to cancer, which means "lattice" in Latin-an early meaning of cancel in English was "to mark (a passage) for deletion with lines crossed like a lattice." Aside from its literal meaning, incarcerate can also have a figurative application meaning "to subject to confinement," as in "people who are incarcerated in their obsessions."

Origin and Etymology of incarcerate

Latin incarceratus, past participle of incarcerare, from in- + carcer prison


First Known Use: 1560


Law Dictionary

incarcerate

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transitive verb in·car·cer·ate \in-ˈkär-sə-ˌrāt\

Legal Definition of incarcerate

incarcerated

incarcerating

  1. :  imprison

incarceration

\in-ˌkär-sə-ˈrā-shən\ play noun


Origin and Etymology of incarcerate

Latin incarceratus, past participle of incarcerare, from in- in + carcer prison



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