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[im-priz-uh n] /ɪmˈprɪz ən/
verb (used with object)
to confine in or as if in a prison.
Origin of imprison
1250-1300; Middle English enprisonen < Old French enprisoner, equivalent to en- en-1 + prison prison + -er infinitive suffix
Related forms
imprisonable, adjective
imprisoner, noun
imprisonment, noun
reimprison, verb (used with object)
reimprisonment, noun
unimprisonable, adjective
unimprisoned, adjective
incarcerate, jail, restrain. Unabridged
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  • But law professors themselves usually are not arrested or imprisoned falsely, nor subjected to the third degree.
  • Sometimes they dismissed the arrested persons, sometimes they fined them, sometimes they imprisoned them.
  • Another chilling reminder are the prison hoods and shackles worn by the imprisoned conspirators.
  • There is no one who does not feel that he is imprisoned in some way.
  • imprisoned there in appalling conditions, more than half died.
  • Indeed, other people you encounter may even mock you, imprisoned as you are in an uncomfortable cell of your own making.
  • If he returns from his travels, he may be imprisoned or executed.
  • One of the few remaining signs of their limbed heritage is the presence of vestigial hips imprisoned in the rib cage.
  • Andrea's accident had imprisoned her mind in a lifeless body.
  • People suspected of being insurgents have been imprisoned.
British Dictionary definitions for imprisoned


(transitive) to confine in or as if in prison
Derived Forms
imprisoner, noun
imprisonment, noun
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Word Origin and History for imprisoned



c.1300, from Old French emprisoner (12c.), from em- "in" (see in- (2)) + prison (see prison). Related: Imprisoned; imprisoning.

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