[verb in-kahr-suh-reyt; adjective in-kahr-ser-it, -suh-reyt]
- to imprison; confine.
- to enclose; constrict closely.
Origin of incarcerate
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1. jail, immure, intern.
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- (tr) to confine or imprison
C16: from Medieval Latin incarcerāre, from Latin in- ² + carcer prison
Word Origin and History for un-incarcerated
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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