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imprison

[im-priz-uh n] /ɪmˈprɪz ən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to confine in or as if in a prison.
Origin of imprison
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English enprisonen < Old French enprisoner, equivalent to en- en-1 + prison prison + -er infinitive suffix
Related forms
imprisonable, adjective
imprisoner, noun
imprisonment, noun
reimprison, verb (used with object)
reimprisonment, noun
unimprisonable, adjective
unimprisoned, adjective
Synonyms
incarcerate, jail, restrain.
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Examples from the Web for imprison
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  • And then, too, what fine jokers are those fellows who imprison art in a toy-box!

  • A man may arrest his own slave, and he may also imprison for safe-keeping the runaway slave of a friend.

    Laws Plato
  • If they imprison you for resisting their tyrannies, others will take your place.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Who has the right to imprison and assign the terms and conditions to the imprisoned?

  • It is in self-seeking and advancement that we narrow our faculties and imprison our natures.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for imprison

imprison

/ɪmˈprɪzən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to confine in or as if in prison
Derived Forms
imprisoner, noun
imprisonment, noun
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Word Origin and History for imprison
v.

c.1300, from Old French emprisoner (12c.), from em- "in" (see in- (2)) + prison (see prison). Related: Imprisoned; imprisoning.

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