inmate

noun
in·​mate | \ ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio) \

Definition of inmate

: any of a group occupying a single place of residence especially : a person confined (as in a prison or hospital)

Examples of inmate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the national penitentiary, a prison employee adopted an inmate’s child. Regine Cabato, Washington Post, "The Philippines’ drug war is putting more pregnant women behind bars. What happens to their children?," 9 Apr. 2021 The facility in the town of Pokrov stands out among Russian penitentiaries for its especially strict inmate routines, which include standing at attention for hours. Fox News, "Putin critic Navalny losing feeling in his hands, legs amid hunger strike, lawyer says," 8 Apr. 2021 The facility in the town of Pokrov stands out among Russian penitentiaries for its especially strict inmate routines, which include standing at attention for hours. Time, "Alexei Navalny's Supporters Detained After Being Denied a Prison Visit," 7 Apr. 2021 An employee with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office was arrested for theft after an audit of inmate property found discrepancies, the department said. Dallas News, "Dallas County Sheriff’s Office employee arrested for theft following audit of inmate property vault," 7 Apr. 2021 Kornegay said acceptance of vaccines in inmate populations is typically low. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Food banks, passing on passports, governors’ shots: News from around our 50 states," 7 Apr. 2021 An immediate halt was ordered to all work programs in inmate labor related to tool control, Overton said. David Pitt, Star Tribune, "Union leader blames underfunding for Iowa prison killings," 6 Apr. 2021 Among the unidentified firefighters were a member of an inmate fire crew and at least two out-of-state contractors, one of whom suffered second- and third-degree burns to his legs and torso. CBS News, "PG&E charged in 2019 California wildfire," 6 Apr. 2021 The Tribune learned 24 people had died in Utah jails in 2016; two years earlier, Utah had nation’s highest rate of jail inmate fatalities. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Years after a spate of questionable Utah in-custody deaths, Utah jail operating standards are now public records," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of inmate

1609, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2021

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“Inmate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inmate. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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inmate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inmate

: a person who is kept in a prison or mental hospital

inmate

noun
in·​mate | \ ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio) \

Kids Definition of inmate

: a person confined in an institution (as a hospital or prison)

inmate

noun
in·​mate | \ ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio) \

Medical Definition of inmate

: one of a group occupying a single place of residence especially : a person confined (as in a psychiatric hospital) especially for a long time

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inmate

noun
in·​mate | \ ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio) \

Legal Definition of inmate

: a person confined in an institution (as a prison or hospital)

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