- to confine in or as if in a prison.
Origin of imprison
1250–1300; Middle English enprisonenRelated 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
< Old French enprisoner,
equivalent to en- en-1
+ prison prison
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British Dictionary definitions for reimprison
Derived Formsimprisoner, nounimprisonment, noun
- (tr) to confine in or as if in prison
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Word Origin and History for reimprison
also re-imprison, 1610s, from re- + imprison. Related: Re-imprisoned; re-imprisoning.
c.1300, from Old French emprisoner (12c.), from em- "in" (see in- (2)) + prison (see prison). Related: Imprisoned; imprisoning.
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