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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Several said they were particularly worried about inmates with medical conditions. ... WSJ, "Families Protest Lack of Electricity, Adequate Heat at Brooklyn Jail," 4 Feb. 2019 From Alfre Woodard’s heart-wrenching panel for Clemency, a drama about a prison guard overlooking inmates on death row, to Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp’s Abe cast party at the St. Regis. David Graver, Vogue, "Weekend One at Sundance: All the Celebrities Who Celebrated the Festival’s Daring Roster," 29 Jan. 2019 Only Rhode Island did, and one early study indicated that the program helped cut overdose deaths among released inmates by more than half. German Lopez, Vox, "The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic," 26 Dec. 2018 Inmate pronounced deceased at 4:47 p.m. No staff or other inmates were injured in the incident. Joe Marusak And Ames Alexander, charlotteobserver, "NC inmate dies after lighting fire in cell," 29 June 2018 Druham said other minimum custody inmates have since been moved into the third floor jail space. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Inmates flooded police chief's office with sewage, city official says," 11 June 2018 Activists who have visited her there say that other inmates have rallied around her. Nima Elbagir And Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "Bites and a broken bed: New details in case of Sudan teen who killed rapist husband," 24 May 2018 In 1990, after months in solitary confinement, Allen and five other inmates escaped from the Joliet Correctional Center. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Hundreds of Illinois prisoners languish behind bars waiting for Dorothy Brown to do her job," 24 May 2018 Decades after their high-profile crimes, the Menendez brothers remain notorious among other inmates. Steve Helling,, "Lyle Menendez Describes Reunion with Brother Erik Years After They Murdered Parents: 'Remarkable Moment'," 26 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of inmate

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


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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in·​mate | \ ˈin-ˌmāt \

Legal Definition of inmate

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

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