imprison

verb im·pris·on \ im-ˈpri-zᵊn \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of imprison

transitive verb
: to put in or as if in prison : confine

imprisonment

play \im-ˈpri-zᵊn-mənt\ noun

Examples of imprison in a Sentence

  1. He was imprisoned for murder.

  2. He has threatened to imprison his political opponents.

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Origin and Etymology of imprison

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



IMPRISON Defined for English Language Learners

imprison

verb

Definition of imprison for English Language Learners

  • : to put (someone) in prison


IMPRISON Defined for Kids

imprison

verb im·pris·on \ im-ˈpri-zᵊn \

Definition of imprison for Students

imprisoned; imprisoning
: to put in prison

Law Dictionary

imprison

transitive verb im·pris·on

legal Definition of imprison

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

imprisonment

noun


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