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incarcerate

[ verb in-kahr-suh-reyt; adjective in-kahr-ser-it, -suh-reyt ]
/ verb 瑟n藞k蓱r s蓹藢re瑟t; adjective 瑟n藞k蓱r s蓹r 瑟t, -s蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路car路cer路at路ed, in路car路cer路at路ing.
to enclose; constrict closely.
adjective
imprisoned.
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Origin of incarcerate

First recorded in 1520鈥30; from Medieval Latin incarcer膩tus, past participle of incarcer膩re 鈥渢o imprison,鈥 equivalent to in- 鈥渋n鈥 + carcer 鈥減rison鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see in-2, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM incarcerate

in路car路cer路a路tion [in-kahr-suh-rey-shuhn], /瑟n藢k蓱r s蓹藞re瑟 蕛蓹n/, nounin路car路cer路a路tive, adjectivein路car路cer路a路tor, nounun路in路car路cer路at路ed, adjective
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How to use incarcerate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for incarcerate

incarcerate
/ (瑟n藞k蓱藧s蓹藢re瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to confine or imprison

Derived forms of incarcerate

incarceration, nounincarcerator, noun

Word Origin for incarcerate

C16: from Medieval Latin incarcer膩re, from Latin in- 虏 + carcer prison
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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