incarcerate

[v. in-kahr-suh-reyt; adj. in-kahr-ser-it, -suh-reyt]
verb (used with object), incarcerated, incarcerating.
1.
to imprison; confine.
2.
to enclose; constrict closely.
adjective

Origin:
1520–30; < Medieval Latin incarcerātus past participle of incarcerāre to imprison, equivalent to in- in-2 + carcer prison + -ātus -ate1

incarceration, noun
incarcerative, adjective
incarcerator, noun
unincarcerated, adjective


1. jail, immure, intern.
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incarcerate (ɪnˈkɑːsəˌreɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to confine or imprison
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin incarcerāre, from Latin in-² + carcer prison]
 
incarcer'ation
 
n
 
in'carcerator
 
n

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Example sentences
We spend way too much to incarcerate non-violent drug users, who could be
  paying taxes rather than sucking them up.
There are some highly placed people who feel that the urge to incarcerate has
  gotten out of hand.
We incarcerate people because they post a danger to society.
The system of reeducation through labor allows the police to incarcerate a
  crime suspect for up to four years.
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