imprison

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verb im·pris·on \im-ˈpri-zən\

Definition of imprison

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to put in or as if in prison :  confine

imprisonment

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Examples of imprison in a sentence

  1. He was imprisoned for murder.

  2. He has threatened to imprison his political opponents.

Origin and Etymology of imprison

Middle English, from Anglo-French emprisoner, from en- + prison prison


First Known Use: 14th century


IMPRISON Defined for English Language Learners

imprison

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verb im·pris·on \im-ˈpri-zən\

Definition of imprison for English Language Learners

  • : to put (someone) in prison


IMPRISON Defined for Kids

imprison

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verb im·pris·on \im-ˈpri-zən\

Definition of imprison for Students

imprisoned

imprisoning

  1. :  to put in prison


Law Dictionary

imprison

transitive verb im·pris·on

Legal Definition of imprison

  1. :  to confine in prison especially as punishment for a crime — compare false imprisonment

imprisonment

noun


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