imprison

[im-priz-uhn]

verb (used with object)

to confine in or as if in a prison.

Origin of imprison

1250–1300; Middle English enprisonen < Old French enprisoner, equivalent to en- en-1 + prison prison + -er infinitive suffix
Related formsim·pris·on·a·ble, adjectiveim·pris·on·er, nounim·pris·on·ment, nounre·im·pris·on, verb (used with object)re·im·pris·on·ment, nounun·im·pris·on·a·ble, adjectiveun·im·pris·oned, adjective

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imprison

verb

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