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incarcerate

[verb in-kahr-suh-reyt; adjective in-kahr-ser-it, -suh-reyt]
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verb (used with object), in·car·cer·at·ed, in·car·cer·at·ing.
  1. to imprison; confine.
  2. to enclose; constrict closely.
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adjective
  1. imprisoned.
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Origin of incarcerate

1520–30; < Medieval Latin incarcerātus past participle of incarcerāre to imprison, equivalent to in- in-2 + carcer prison + -ātus -ate1
Related formsin·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 incarcerated

incarcerate

verb
  1. (tr) to confine or imprison
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Derived Formsincarceration, nounincarcerator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin incarcerāre, from Latin in- ² + carcer prison
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Word Origin and History for incarcerated

incarcerate

v.

1550s, a back-formation from incarceration, or else from Medieval Latin incarceratus, past participle of incarcerare "to imprison" (see incarceration). Related: Incarcerated; incarcerating.

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incarcerated in Medicine

incarcerated

(ĭn-kärsə-rā′tĭd)
adj.
  1. Confined or trapped, as a hernia.
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