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

Definition of incarcerate in English:


[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.
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


Pronunciation: /inˈkärsəˌrādər/
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.


Mid 16th century (earlier (late Middle English) as incarceration): from medieval Latin incarcerat- 'imprisoned', from the verb incarcerare, from in- 'into' + Latin carcer 'prison'.

  • Latin carcer ‘prison’ is the base of this word from medieval Latin incarcerare ‘imprison’.

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