verb in·car·cer·ate \in-ˈkär-sə-ˌrāt\

: to put (someone) in prison


Full Definition of INCARCERATE

transitive verb
:  to put in prison
:  to subject to confinement
in·car·cer·a·tion \(ˌ)in-ˌkär-sə-ˈrā-shən\ noun


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


Latin incarceratus, past participle of incarcerare, from in- + carcer prison
First Known Use: 1560


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