imprison

[ im-priz-uhn ]
/ ɪmˈprɪz ən /

verb (used with object)

to confine in or as if in a prison.

Nearby words

  1. imprimatur,
  2. imprimis,
  3. imprint,
  4. imprinter,
  5. imprinting,
  6. imprisonment,
  7. improbability,
  8. improbable,
  9. improbity,
  10. imprompt

Origin of imprison

1250–1300; Middle English enprisonen < Old French enprisoner, equivalent to en- en-1 + prison prison + -er infinitive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for imprison

imprison

/ (ɪmˈprɪzən) /

verb

(tr) to confine in or as if in prison
Derived Formsimprisoner, nounimprisonment, noun

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Word Origin and History for imprison

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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