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imprison

[im-priz-uh n] /ɪmˈprɪz ən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to confine in or as if in a prison.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Synonyms
incarcerate, jail, restrain.
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  • Connor imprisons his birth father in a casket and drops it to the bottom of the ocean.
British Dictionary definitions for imprisons

imprison

/ɪmˈprɪzən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to confine in or as if in prison
Derived Forms
imprisoner, noun
imprisonment, noun
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Word Origin and History for imprisons

imprison

v.

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

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