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incarcerate

[ verb in-kahr-suh-reyt; adjective in-kahr-ser-it, -suh-reyt ]
/ verb ɪnˈkɑr səˌreɪt; adjective ɪnˈkɑr sər ɪt, -səˌreɪt /
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verb (used with object), in·car·cer·at·ed, in·car·cer·at·ing.

to enclose; constrict closely.

adjective

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Origin of incarcerate

First recorded in 1520–30; from Medieval Latin incarcerātus, past participle of incarcerāre “to imprison,” equivalent to in- “in” + carcer “prison” + -ātus past participle suffix; see in-2, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM incarcerate

in·car·cer·a·tion, nounin·car·cer·a·tive, adjectivein·car·cer·a·tor, nounun·in·car·cer·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for incarcerate

incarcerate
/ (ɪnˈkɑːsəˌreɪt) /

verb

(tr) to confine or imprison

Derived forms of incarcerate

incarceration, nounincarcerator, noun

Word Origin for incarcerate

C16: from Medieval Latin incarcerāre, from Latin in- ² + carcer prison
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