inmate

noun
in·mate | \ˈin-ˌmāt \

Definition of inmate 

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

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The resulting film chronicled her collaboration with others to bring to the inmates Vipassana, an ancient meditation practice. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Jenny Phillips, writer and award-winning filmmaker, dies at 76," 13 July 2018 The lawsuit was filed June 28 against Corizon Health, a company hired by the Idaho Department of Correction to provide medical care to Idaho’s inmates. Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "St. Luke's sues prison contractor over $12 million in medical bills," 13 July 2018 Moore is accused of giving marijuana to inmates on at least five occasions. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "A NC detention officer smuggled weed and other drugs for inmates, officials say," 12 July 2018 Reports of abuse at detention centers range from guards making fun of natural facial hair that grows in between grooming to other inmates threatening violence. New York Times, "‘They Were Abusing Us the Whole Way’: A Tough Path for Gay and Trans Migrants," 11 July 2018 The footprints were consistent with Pro Keds Dude tennis shoes issued to California prison inmates. latimes.com, "'They framed me': On death row for decades, Kevin Cooper pushes for new DNA tests in Chino Hills murders," 8 July 2018 In the meantime, the department must provide bottled water to inmates and staff whenever the brine concentration system is down to comply with an order from the Central Valley Regional Water Control Board. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Bottled water tab at a California prison has hit $46,000 a month," 2 July 2018 So much so that a Chicago-area jail has introduced it to its inmates. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Pickleball, the country’s fastest growing sport, is also popular in this jail," 27 June 2018 Prison Fellowship, a Christian organization that provides re-entry services and other programs to inmates and operates in 76 prisons across the U.S., hired him to lead fundraising efforts in the Northeast. WSJ, "Ex-Connecticut Governor John Rowland Returns From Second Prison Term," 12 June 2018

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1609, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of inmate

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

inmate

noun
in·mate | \ˈin-ˌmāt \

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 \

Legal Definition of inmate 

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

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