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[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.
to imprison; confine.
to enclose; constrict closely.
Origin of incarcerate
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
1. jail, immure, intern. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for incarcerated
  • There is nothing more frustrating than being incarcerated at a panel while someone goes over the time limit.
  • The sentence ensures that she will be incarcerated during an election the ruling junta plans to hold next year.
  • Many of the incarcerated mothers were not model parents before they ran afoul of the law.
  • While incarcerated and awaiting trial, he was sent two cakes-one with chocolate icing, one with white icing.
  • The site also operates a pen-pal service for the incarcerated.
  • As teenagers, they are more likely to drop out of high school, commit suicide or be incarcerated.
  • Those people chose to lose their rights, they broke the law in a way that they where incarcerated for it.
  • And the largest incarcerated population in the world.
  • Their reward for patriotic service is to be tested and, in effect, incarcerated.
  • P, remains incarcerated on a medical ward, the hostage of a colossal bureaucratic impaction.
British Dictionary definitions for incarcerated


(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 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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incarcerated in Medicine

incarcerated in·car·cer·at·ed (ĭn-kär'sə-rā'tĭd)
Confined or trapped, as a hernia.

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