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prison

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noun pris·on \ˈpri-zən\

Simple Definition of prison

  • : a building where people are kept as punishment for a crime or while they are waiting to go to court

  • : a place or situation from which you cannot escape

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prison

  1. 1 :  a state of confinement or captivity

  2. 2 :  a place of confinement especially for lawbreakers; specifically :  an institution (as one under state jurisdiction) for confinement of persons convicted of serious crimes — compare jail

Examples of prison in a sentence

  1. The state plans to build two more prisons.

  2. He was in prison at the time.

  3. If caught, they're all going to prison.

  4. She was sent to prison for robbery.

  5. He was released from prison.

  6. He's scheduled to get out of prison next month.

  7. Her marriage became a prison to her.



Origin and Etymology of prison

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin prehension-, prehensio act of seizing, from prehendere to seize — more at get


First Known Use: 12th century


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prison

verb pris·on

Definition of prison

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  imprison, confine



14th Century

First Known Use of prison

14th century

Rhymes with prison



PRISON Defined for Kids

prison

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noun pris·on \ˈpri-zən\

Definition of prison for Students

  1. :  a place where criminals are locked up




Law Dictionary

prison

noun pris·on

Legal Definition of prison

  1. :  an institution usually under state control for confinement of persons serving sentences for serious crimes — compare house of correction, house of detention, jail, lockup, penitentiary





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