- Put or keep in prison or a place like a prison: he was imprisoned for six months for contempt of courtMore example sentences
incarcerate, send to prison, jail, lock up, put away, intern, detain, hold prisoner, hold captive; confine, shut up, cage• informal put behind bars• informal behind bars, doing time, under lock and key, inside
- He was cleared of kidnap and assault but served eight months in military prison after falsely imprisoning the woman.
- All of the detainees were imprisoned without charge, and the whereabouts of some of them are unknown.
- Whenever and wherever the U.S. government imprisons someone, the courts should be able to review it.
Middle English emprison, from Old French emprisoner, from em- 'in' + prison.