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prison

Syllabification: pris·on
Pronunciation: /ˈprizən
 
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Definition of prison in English:

noun

A building (or vessel) in which people are legally held as a punishment for crimes they have committed or while awaiting trial: he died in prison both men were sent to prison
More example sentences
  • The significance of this duty to those detained in prison, not least where prisons are crowded and prisoners often dangerous, is obvious.
  • I was told that Mr Young is in prison in the USA awaiting trial on charges of fraud.
  • People who have been in prison and who visit prisons will be with us.
Synonyms
jail, lockup, penal institution, detention center, jailhouse, penitentiary, correctional facility;
informal clink, slammer, hoosegow, big house, stir, jug, brig, can, pen, cooler, skookum house, pokey, slam
(be in prison) informal be inside, be behind bars, do time

verb (prisons, prisoning, prisoned)

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Imprison: the young man prisoned behind the doors
More example sentences
  • The soft gaze of his eyes vanished as they adjusted to the metal grates prisoning and protecting his eyeholes.

Origin

late Old English, from Old French prisun, from Latin prensio(n-), variant of prehensio(n-) 'laying hold of', from the verb prehendere.

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