Definition of jail in English:

jail

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Pronunciation: /dʒeɪl
 
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(British also gaol)

noun

verb

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  • Put (someone) in jail: the driver was jailed for two years
    More example sentences
    • But they decided that, well for a start she's not likely to do it again, and that no useful purpose would be spent by jailing her.
    • As well as jailing him for three years, she also ordered he forfeit £165 he had with him when he was arrested, and that the heroin be destroyed.
    • As well as jailing him for eight weeks magistrates imposed another driving ban, which runs out at the same time as his current disqualification.
    Synonyms
    imprison, put in prison, send to prison, incarcerate, lock up, take into custody, put under lock and key, put away, intern, confine, detain, hold prisoner, hold captive, hold, put into detention, constrain, immure, 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 up

Origin

Middle English: based on Latin cavea (see cage). The word came into English in two forms, jaiole from Old French and gayole from Anglo-Norman French gaole (surviving in the spelling gaol), originally pronounced with a hard g, as in goat.

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