transitive verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Latin incarceratus, past participle of incarcerare, from in- + carcer prison Date: 1560 1. to put in prison 2. to subject to confinement • incarceration noun

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  • incarcerate — in·car·cer·ate /in kär sə ˌrāt/ vt at·ed, at·ing [Latin incarceratus, past participle of incarcerare, from in in + carcer prison]: imprison in·car·ce·ra·tion /in ˌkär sə rā shən/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law …   Law dictionary

  • Incarcerate — In*car cer*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Incarcerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Incarcerating}.] [Pref. in in + L. carceratus, p. p. of carcerare to imprison, fr. carcer prison.] [1913 Webster] 1. To imprison; to confine in a jail or prison. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incarcerate — in*car cer*ate, incarcerated in*car cer*at*ed, a. Imprisoned. Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incarcerate — (v.) 1550s, a back formation from incarceration, or else from M.L. incarceratus, pp. of incarcerare to imprison (see INCARCERATION (Cf. incarceration)). Related: Incarcerated; incarcerating …   Etymology dictionary

  • incarcerate — *imprison, jail, immure, intern Analogous words: confine, circumscribe, restrict, iimit …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • incarcerate — [v] put in jail, confinement bastille, book*, cage*, commit, confine, constrain, coop up*, detain, hold, immure, impound, imprison, intern, jail, lock up, put away, put on ice*, put under lock and key*, railroad*, restrain, restrict, send up the… …   New thesaurus

  • incarcerate — ► VERB ▪ imprison or confine. DERIVATIVES incarceration noun. ORIGIN Latin incarcerare, from carcer prison …   English terms dictionary

  • incarcerate — [in kär′sər āt΄] vt. incarcerated, incarcerating [< ML incarceratus, pp. of incarcerare, to imprison < L in, in + carcer, prison] 1. to imprison; jail 2. to shut up; confine incarceration n. incarcerator n …   English World dictionary

  • incarcerate — UK [ɪnˈkɑː(r)səreɪt] / US [ɪnˈkɑrsəˌreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms incarcerate : present tense I/you/we/they incarcerate he/she/it incarcerates present participle incarcerating past tense incarcerated past participle incarcerated formal to… …   English dictionary

  • incarcerate — verb Incarcerate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑prisoner …   Collocations dictionary

  • incarcerate — [[t]ɪnkɑ͟ː(r)səreɪt[/t]] incarcerates, incarcerating, incarcerated VERB If people are incarcerated, they are kept in a prison or other place. [FORMAL] [be V ed] They were incarcerated for the duration of the war... [V n] It can cost $40,000 to… …   English dictionary

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