- Put or keep in prison or a place like a prison: he was imprisoned three times for his activitiesMore example sentences
incarcerate, put in prison, send to prison, jail, lock up, take into custody, put under lock and key, put away, intern, confine, detain, hold prisoner, hold captive, hold, put into detention, put in chains, put in irons, clap in irons; British detain at Her Majesty's pleasure• informal send down, put behind bars, put insideBritish • informal bang someone up• rare immureincarcerated, in prison, in jail, jailed, locked up, in custody, under lock and key, interned, confined, detained, held prisoner, captive, held captive, in chains, in irons, clapped in irons; British detained at Her Majesty's pleasure• rare immured
- 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.