Definition of incarcerate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkɑːsəreɪt/


[with object]
Imprison or confine: many are incarcerated for property offences
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, take into custody, put under lock and key, put away, intern, confine, detain, hold, put into detention, immure, put in chains, clap in irons, hold prisoner, hold captive;
British  detain at Her Majesty's pleasure
informal send down, put behind bars, put inside
British informal bang someone up
confine, shut away, shut up, coop up;



Pronunciation: /ɪnˌkɑːsəˈreɪtə/
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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