Definition of incarcerate in English:

incarcerate

Syllabification: in·car·cer·ate
Pronunciation: /inˈkärsəˌrāt
 
/

verb

[with object]
  • Imprison or confine: many are incarcerated for property offenses
    More example sentences
    • Serious criminal offenders may be incarcerated in an Australian jail by arrangement.
    • The detainees were incarcerated at a midwestern county juvenile detention center.
    • Crime is up, and jails, which disproportionately incarcerate blacks, are ‘the biggest industry in several states,’ he says.
    Synonyms
    imprison, put in prison, send to prison, jail, lock up, put under lock and key, put away, intern, confine, detain, hold, immure, put in chains, hold prisoner, hold captive
    informal put behind bars

Derivatives

incarcerator

Pronunciation: /-ˌrātər/
noun
More example sentences
  • For the first time in U.S. history, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report documenting America's rank as the world's No. 1 incarcerator.

Origin

mid 16th century: from medieval Latin incarcerat- 'imprisoned', from the verb incarcerare, from in- 'into' + Latin carcer 'prison'.

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