imprison

verb
im·​pris·​on | \ im-ˈpri-zᵊn How to pronounce imprison (audio) \
imprisoned; imprisoning; imprisons

Definition of imprison

transitive verb

: to put in or as if in prison : confine

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Other Words from imprison

imprisonment \ im-​ˈpri-​zᵊn-​mənt How to pronounce imprisonment (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for imprison

Synonyms

commit, confine, immure, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up)

Antonyms

discharge, free, liberate, release

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Examples of imprison in a Sentence

He was imprisoned for murder. He has threatened to imprison his political opponents.

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There is a fleeting moment in the last episode, barely a postscript, that reveals that the nonprofit The Innocence Project freed another man wrongfully imprisoned in Ada. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Is the True-Crime Fever Breaking? Watching Netflix’s John Grisham Documentary The Innocent Man," 14 Dec. 2018 Many of those imprisoned were innocent of any wrongdoing, and the episode remains a significant blight on Russia’s unambiguously violent and blight-prone history. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "A Stalin-era Gulag survivor never saw her husband again. USA TODAY found him.," 14 June 2018 Trump invited as his guests the parents of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who was arrested during a study abroad tour in North Korea, charged with crimes against the state and imprisoned at a labor camp. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "In a bid for history, Trump flatters North Korea's totalitarian leader," 12 June 2018 Yet Corker was in the Oval Office on Saturday, receiving praise from the president for his help in securing the release of an American imprisoned in Venezuela. Time, "President Trump Rallies in Tennessee to Maintain Republican Grip on Senate," 29 May 2018 In 2000, black women were imprisoned at six times the rate of white women—a direct correlation to the drug war, which targeted black neighborhoods, and a lack of treatment alternatives, according to Porter. Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 Her release from a Westchester County prison was approved last week after a parole hearing, her seventh since being imprisoned in 1987, officials said in a statement. Chris Carola, Fox News, "Woman who killed daughter in '80s granted parole on 7th try," 16 July 2018 Years later, Golubski arrested the woman’s son, Lamonte McIntyre, and charged him with a double murder, resulting in McIntyre’s being imprisoned until his release in December 2017. Michael Harriot, The Root, "‘Evilest White Woman on Earth’: The Criminal Injustice of Terra Morehead," 6 June 2018 In addition to being imprisoned, Sun was deprived of political rights for life and all of his personal property was confiscated. Christopher Bodeen, BostonGlobe.com, "China hands former political high-flyer life sentence for graft," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of imprison

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for imprison

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

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11 Mar 2019

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The first known use of imprison was in the 14th century

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imprison

verb

English Language Learners Definition of imprison

: to put (someone) in prison

imprison

verb
im·​pris·​on | \ im-ˈpri-zᵊn How to pronounce imprison (audio) \
imprisoned; imprisoning

Kids Definition of imprison

: to put in prison

imprison

transitive verb
im·​pris·​on

Legal Definition of imprison

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

Other Words from imprison

imprisonment noun

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