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  • 1 imprison — im·pris·on vt: to confine in prison esp. as punishment for a crime compare false imprisonment im·pris·on·ment n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

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  • 2 imprison — imprison, incarcerate, jail, immure, intern mean to confine closely so that escape is impossible or unlikely. The first three words imprison, incarcerate, jail imply a shutting up in or as if in a prison, imprison being the general term,… …

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  • 3 Imprison — Im*pris on, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imprisoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Imprisoning}.] [OE. enprisonen, OF. enprisoner, F. emprisonner; pref. en (L. in) + F. & OF. prison. See {Prison}.] 1. To put in prison or jail; To arrest and detain in custody; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 imprison — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. emprisoner (12c.), from em in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + prison (see PRISON (Cf. prison)). Related: Imprisoned; imprisoning …

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  • 5 imprison — [v] confine; put in jail apprehend, bastille, bottle up*, cage, check, circumscribe, closet, commit, constrain, curb, detain, fence in, hold, hold captive, hold hostage, hold in custody, ice*, immure, impound, incarcerate, intern, jail, keep,… …

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  • 6 imprison — ► VERB ▪ put or keep in prison. DERIVATIVES imprisonment noun …

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  • 7 imprison — [im priz′ən] vt. 1. to put or keep in prison; jail 2. to restrict, limit, or confine in any way imprisonment n …

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  • 8 imprison — UK [ɪmˈprɪz(ə)n] / US verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms imprison : present tense I/you/we/they imprison he/she/it imprisons present participle imprisoning past tense imprisoned past participle imprisoned 1) a) to put someone in a… …

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  • 9 imprison — verb ADVERB ▪ falsely, unjustly, wrongfully, wrongly ▪ We work on behalf of people who have been wrongly imprisoned. ▪ briefly ▪ indefinitely …

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  • 10 imprison — 01. Human rights activists in that country are routinely [imprisoned] by the government. 02. The father of a young Australian man [imprisoned] in Thailand has pleaded with the Ambassador to work on his son s behalf. 03. The human rights… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 11 imprison — verb we expect to imprison another two dozen individuals by the end of this month alone Syn: incarcerate, send to prison, jail, lock up, put away, intern, detain, hold prisoner, hold captive; confine, shut up, cage; informal put behind bars Ant:… …

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  • 12 imprison — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French emprisoner, from en + prison prison Date: 14th century to put in or as if in prison ; confine • imprisonment noun …

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  • 13 imprison — imprisonable, adj. imprisoner, n. imprisonment, n. /im priz euhn/, v.t. to confine in or as if in a prison. [1250 1300; ME enprisonen < OF enprisoner, equiv. to en EN 1 + prison PRISON + er inf. suffix] Syn. 1. incarcerate, jail, re …

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  • 14 imprison — verb To put in or as if in prison; confine. Syn: bang up, gaol, jail, lock up, put away, sent to the Tower …

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  • 15 imprison — Synonyms and related words: bastille, beleaguer, beset, besiege, blockade, bolt in, bound, box in, cage, cast in prison, chamber, check, circumscribe, clap in jail, clap up, close in, compass, confine, constrain, contain, coop, coop in, coop up,… …

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  • 16 imprison — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. lock up, confine, detain; hold, jail, incarcerate. See circumscription, restraint. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. jail, confine, incarcerate, lock up, coop up, immure, impound, detain, keep in, hold,… …

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  • 17 imprison — im|pris|on [ımˈprızən] v [T] 1.) to put someone in prison or to keep them somewhere and prevent them from leaving ▪ The government imprisoned all opposition leaders. ▪ She was imprisoned within his strong arms. 2.) if a situation or feeling… …

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  • 18 imprison — im|pris|on [ ım prızn ] verb transitive usually passive 1. ) to put someone in a prison: Their leaders were arrested and imprisoned. youths imprisoned for minor offences a ) to put someone in a place and not let them out 2. ) to make someone feel …

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  • 19 imprison — [[t]ɪmprɪ̱z(ə)n[/t]] imprisons, imprisoning, imprisoned VERB If someone is imprisoned, they are locked up or kept somewhere, usually in prison as a punishment for a crime or for political opposition. [be V ed] The local priest was imprisoned for… …

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  • 20 imprison — im·pris·on || ɪm prɪzn v. put in prison, confine, jail, incarcerate …

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