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 The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is hiring civilian detention officers to ensure the safety of inmates while in the care, custody and control of the sheriff’s office. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "These local companies are hiring right now- no special skills required," 21 Mar. 2020 Fakhoury was formally charged in February by a military judge with the murder and torture of inmates at Khiam Prison. Kathy Mccormack, Time, "2 Americans Who Were Imprisoned in Lebanon and Iran Released," 20 Mar. 2020 The move comes after judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys have held hearings over several days to reduce the number of inmates currently being held in the downtown jail. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Ohio Supreme Court chief justice calls for 'uniform buy-in’ among judges in response to coronavirus pandemic," 19 Mar. 2020 Every day, thousands of inmates are taken to hospitals for care. Chris Francescani, ABC News, "Fearing outbreaks and riots, nation’s prison and jail wardens scramble to respond to coronavirus threat," 19 Mar. 2020 Iran has released tens of thousands of Iranian inmates in response to the pandemic. NBC News, "American released from Iranian prison on medical furlough amid coronavirus outbreak," 19 Mar. 2020 Ohio administrative judge Brendan Sheehan told local Fox affiliate, WJW, that many of Cuyahoga County’s inmates were already in poor health, citing a higher risk to those with underlying health conditions. Sarah Midkiff,, "Why Incarcerated People Are Being Let Out Of Jail Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak," 18 Mar. 2020 Judges might also have to sign off on the release of some inmates. New York Times, "Coronavirus Cases in N.Y.C. Near 2,000 as Testing Expands," 18 Mar. 2020 The Macomb County jail has problems: Security supervision, high recidivism and meeting needs of inmates with substance abuse and mental health issues. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Macomb officials look at fewer beds, lower tax increase for new county jail," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of inmate

1609, in the meaning defined above

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24 Mar 2020

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“Inmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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Legal Definition of inmate

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

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