Definition of imprison in English:


Line breaks: im|prison
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈprɪz(ə)n


[with object]
Put or keep in prison or a place like a prison: he was imprisoned three times for his activities
More example sentences
  • 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.
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 inside
British informal bang someone up
rare immure
incarcerated, 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
informal sent down, behind bars, doing time, inside, away
British informal doing porridge, doing bird, banged up
rare immured


Middle English emprison, from Old French emprisoner, from em- 'in' + prison.

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