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)

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The inmate was booked into Metro Corrections on March 30. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Female inmate dies at Louisville Metro Corrections," 29 June 2018 But even if true, such fear is not a factor that can properly be considered in determining what steps the State must take to meet the health care needs of its inmates. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Judge finds Arizona Corrections, officials in contempt, orders them to pay $1.45M," 22 June 2018 On Christmas Eve, according to the inmate's account, the 230-pound Heath had put Mariya in one of these plank positions, then pressed down on her back with his foot. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "The mom's boyfriend said her son might grow up to be gay. Now he's accused of his murder.," 19 June 2018 The inmate was also shot during a confrontation in a gated area near the Wyandotte County Courthouse. CBS News, "Second sheriff's deputy dies following shooting in Kansas," 16 June 2018 From prison, Khurtsidze wrote to a friend about inspiring his fellow inmates to take up boxing. Garrett Graff, Longreads, "A Vor Never Sleeps," 5 June 2018 Our inmate insider speculates that this will cause the prison contraband economy to explode. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Exclusive: Inside the Deadly South Carolina Prison Riot Where 7 Inmates Were Killed," 17 Apr. 2018 According to The Intercept, the software, which is known as Investigator Pro, holds at a minimum the voices of 200,000 inmates. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Prisons Are Building Giant Biometric Databases of Prisoners' Voices," 1 Feb. 2019 In court papers, Alvogen also cited instances in Alabama, Arizona and Oklahoma in the past few years in which inmates given midazolam were left gasping or snorting, appeared to regain consciousness or took an unusually long time to die. Author: Ken Ritter, Michelle L. Price, Anchorage Daily News, "Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of inmate

1609, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inmate

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


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

Kids Definition of inmate

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


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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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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