imprison
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French emprisoner, from en- + prison prison Date: 14th century to put in or as if in prison ; confineimprisonment noun

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  • imprison — im·pris·on vt: to confine in prison esp. as punishment for a crime compare false imprisonment im·pris·on·ment n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • imprison — imprison, incarcerate, jail, immure, intern mean to confine closely so that escape is impossible or unlikely. The first three words imprison, incarcerate, jail imply a shutting up in or as if in a prison, imprison being the general term,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Imprison — Im*pris on, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imprisoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Imprisoning}.] [OE. enprisonen, OF. enprisoner, F. emprisonner; pref. en (L. in) + F. & OF. prison. See {Prison}.] 1. To put in prison or jail; To arrest and detain in custody; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imprison — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. emprisoner (12c.), from em in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + prison (see PRISON (Cf. prison)). Related: Imprisoned; imprisoning …   Etymology dictionary

  • imprison — [v] confine; put in jail apprehend, bastille, bottle up*, cage, check, circumscribe, closet, commit, constrain, curb, detain, fence in, hold, hold captive, hold hostage, hold in custody, ice*, immure, impound, incarcerate, intern, jail, keep,… …   New thesaurus

  • imprison — ► VERB ▪ put or keep in prison. DERIVATIVES imprisonment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • imprison — [im priz′ən] vt. 1. to put or keep in prison; jail 2. to restrict, limit, or confine in any way imprisonment n …   English World dictionary

  • imprison — UK [ɪmˈprɪz(ə)n] / US verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms imprison : present tense I/you/we/they imprison he/she/it imprisons present participle imprisoning past tense imprisoned past participle imprisoned 1) a) to put someone in a… …   English dictionary

  • imprison — verb ADVERB ▪ falsely, unjustly, wrongfully, wrongly ▪ We work on behalf of people who have been wrongly imprisoned. ▪ briefly ▪ indefinitely …   Collocations dictionary

  • imprison — 01. Human rights activists in that country are routinely [imprisoned] by the government. 02. The father of a young Australian man [imprisoned] in Thailand has pleaded with the Ambassador to work on his son s behalf. 03. The human rights… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • imprison — verb we expect to imprison another two dozen individuals by the end of this month alone Syn: incarcerate, send to prison, jail, lock up, put away, intern, detain, hold prisoner, hold captive; confine, shut up, cage; informal put behind bars Ant:… …   Thesaurus of popular words

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