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incarcerate

[v. in-kahr-suh-reyt; adj. in-kahr-ser-it, -suh-reyt] /v. ɪnˈkɑr səˌreɪt; adj. ɪnˈkɑr sər ɪt, -səˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), incarcerated, incarcerating.
1.
to imprison; confine.
2.
to enclose; constrict closely.
adjective
Origin of incarcerate
1520-1530
1520-30; < Medieval Latin incarcerātus past participle of incarcerāre to imprison, equivalent to in- in-2 + carcer prison + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
incarceration, noun
incarcerative, adjective
incarcerator, noun
unincarcerated, adjective
Synonyms
1. jail, immure, intern.
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incarcerate

/ɪnˈkɑːsəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to confine or imprison
Derived Forms
incarceration, noun
incarcerator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin incarcerāre, from Latin in-² + carcer prison
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Word Origin and History for 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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