Definition of imprison in English:


Syllabification: im·pris·on
Pronunciation: /imˈpriz(ə)n


[with object]
Put or keep in prison or a place like a prison: he was imprisoned for six months for contempt of court
More example sentences
  • 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.
incarcerate, send to prison, jail, lock up, put away, intern, detain, hold prisoner, hold captive;
confine, shut up, cage
informal put behind bars
incarcerated, in prison, in jail, jailed, locked up, interned, detained, held prisoner, held captive
informal behind bars, doing time, under lock and key, inside


Middle English emprison, from Old French emprisoner, from em- 'in' + prison.

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