Definition of prison
1 : a state of confinement or captivity
2 : a place of confinement especially for lawbreakers; specifically : an institution (such as one under state jurisdiction) for confinement of persons convicted of serious crimes — compare jail
Examples of prison in a Sentence
The state plans to build two more prisons.
He was in prison at the time.
If caught, they're all going to prison.
She was sent to prison for robbery.
He was released from prison.
He's scheduled to get out of prison next month.
Her marriage became a prison to her.
Recent Examples of prison from the Web
Mr. Basuki was later sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy after making comments deemed insulting to Islam.
The shirts that the team are wearing refer to Nelson Mandela's prison number.(AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Miller gave Hinton five years in prison, plus five years intensive probation.
Burns sentenced Spadoni, most recently the treasurer of a Quaker meeting in Pennsylvania, to two years in prison last year.
The former U.S. Marine charged with gunning down a Coeur d’Alene pastor in 2016 has pleaded guilty and will face a maximum of 25 years in prison.
A country that contracts out the operations of prisons to the lowest private bidder isn’t a country that can rehabilitate its criminals.
Prosecutors argued that Womack should be sentenced to two years in prison.
Airline crew training at @Delta: Replicate Stanley Milgram's prison experiment at Yale, inducing normal ppl to brutally torture fellow man.
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First Known Use of prison
PRISON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prison for English Language Learners
: a building where people are kept as punishment for a crime or while they are waiting to go to court
: a place or situation from which you cannot escape
PRISON Defined for Kids
Definition of prison for Students
: a place where criminals are locked up
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