- to imprison; confine.
- to enclose; constrict closely.
Origin of incarcerate
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Examples from the Web for incarcerate
If she attempts to incarcerate you, she might be successful.The "Genius"
But we could not incarcerate George Prince for being an eavesdropper.Brigands of the Moon
"Before you drive me away I will incarcerate you," replied this worthy man.The Crushed Flower and Other Stories
A magistrate gave orders to the constables to arrest and incarcerate the rest of the Spanish Negroes.History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1
George W. Williams
"If ever I do reach such a state, I hope the family will incarcerate me," rejoined Nan.The Four Corners in Japan
Amy Ella Blanchard
- (tr) to confine or imprison
Word Origin and History for incarcerate
1550s, a back-formation from incarceration, or else from Medieval Latin incarceratus, past participle of incarcerare "to imprison" (see incarceration). Related: Incarcerated; incarcerating.