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Examples of incarcerate in a Sentence
the state incarcerated over 1900 people last year
Recent Examples of incarcerate from the Web
And though the president was willing to release Johnson, there are hundreds of people who have been incarcerated for life in the federal prison system for drug offenses who likely won’t be so fortunate.
Less than two months after Lamonte McIntyre’s conviction was overturned, a federal judge ordered the release of Gregory Orozco, who had been incarcerated on drug charges.
In 2014, Avila started a cleaning company whose 17 employees are all people who have been incarcerated.
The best option, by far, seemed to be people who were incarcerated.
Among black people, the latest jobs tally found the unemployment rate to be nearly twice that of whites; for people with disabilities and those who have been incarcerated, unemployment and poverty are widespread.
But for people who are incarcerated or detained, having to wear the same outfit as your peers has always been a standard.
The gang was also able to control street crime by using wives, girlfriends and lawyers to help relay orders to be carried out by members who were not incarcerated, an indictment said.
As a 10 term U.S. representative from the Silicon Valley, Mineta kept his ego in check while passing seminal legislation, notably a bill granting reparations to Japanese Americans like his family who were incarcerated during World War II.
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Did You Know?
A criminal sentenced to incarceration may wish his or her debt to society could be canceled, but such a wistful felon might be surprised to learn that incarcerate and cancel are related. Incarcerate comes from incarcerare, a Latin verb meaning "to imprison." That Latin root comes from carcer, Latin for prison. Etymologists think that cancel probably got its start when the spelling of carcer was modified to cancer, which means "lattice" in Latin-an early meaning of cancel in English was "to mark (a passage) for deletion with lines crossed like a lattice." Aside from its literal meaning, incarcerate can also have a figurative application meaning "to subject to confinement," as in "people who are incarcerated in their obsessions."
INCARCERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incarcerate for English Language Learners
: to put (someone) in prison
Origin and Etymology of incarcerate
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