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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The North Korean regime had imprisoned Mr. Warmbier for more than a year. Kate O’keeffe, WSJ, "U.S. Agreed to Pay for Warmbier Release but Never Did, Bolton Says," 28 Apr. 2019 Chelsea Manning, the former US army intelligence officer who released classified documents to Wikileaks in 2010 and subsequently imprisoned, has been taken into custody for contempt of court. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Chelsea Manning Taken Into Custody for Refusing to Testify in Sealed Court Case," 8 Mar. 2019 Michael has been imprisoned for 40 years, but Laurie has never stopped living with him — and that’s forced everyone close to her to live with him, too. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The new Halloween is a slasher movie with an actual message," 19 Oct. 2018 The Belgian authorities imprisoned Patrice Lumumba as a rabble-rouser. New York Times, "Belgium Honors Congolese Leader It Helped Overthrow," 30 June 2018 In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 16 June 2018 Khashoggi also wrote about the conflicting emotions of seeing his country finally allow women to drive, while simultaneously imprisoning many of the female activists, like Loujain al-Hathloul, who had worked to make the milestone possible. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, ""It Shouldn’t Be a Crime In This World to Speak Your Mind"," 17 Oct. 2018 One suspect was killed by a posse before he could be arrested, two more were shot, one fatally, by McCall after supposedly trying to escape and the surviving pair were imprisoned but released in the 1960s. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Statue of Confederate general is no 'piece of art,' has no place in Lake County museum," 1 July 2018 And then there's the question of what will happen to the Church of Night now that the Dark Lord is imprisoned and Blackwood is on the run. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 3," 9 Apr. 2019

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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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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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