What does imprison mean?

Definitions for imprison
ɪmˈprɪz ənim·prison

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imprison, incarcerate, lag, immure, put behind bars, jail, jug, gaol, put away, remandverb

    lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

    "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"; "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"

  2. imprisonverb

    confine as if in a prison

    "His daughters are virtually imprisoned in their own house; he does not let them go out without a chaperone"


  1. imprisonverb

    To put in or as if in prison; confine.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Imprisonverb

    To shut up; to confine; to keep from liberty.

    Etymology: emprisonner, Fr. in and prison.

    He imprison'd was in chains remediless;
    For that Hippolytus' rent corse he did redress. Fa. Queen.

    Now we are in the street, he first of all,
    Improvidently proud, creeps to the wall;
    And so imprison'd and hemm'd in by me,
    Sells for a little state his liberty. John Donne.

    Try to imprison the resistless wind;
    So swift is guilt, so hard to be confin'd. Dryden.

    If a man imprisons himself in his closet, and employs reason to find out the nature of the corporeal world, without experiments, he will frame a scheme of chimeras. Isaac Watts.

    It is not improbable, that all the virtual heat in the juices of vegetables, metals, and minerals may be owing to the action of the imprisoned rays. George Cheyne, Phil. Princ.


  1. imprison

    Imprisonment is the restraint of a person's liberty, for any cause whatsoever, whether by authority of the government, or by a person acting without such authority. In the latter case it is "false imprisonment". Imprisonment does not necessarily imply a place of confinement, with bolts and bars, but may be exercised by any use or display of force (such as placing one in handcuffs), lawfully or unlawfully, wherever displayed, even in the open street. People become prisoners, wherever they may be, by the mere word or touch of a duly authorized officer directed to that end. Usually, however, imprisonment is understood to imply an actual confinement in a jail or prison employed for the purpose according to the provisions of the law.Sometimes gender imbalances occur in imprisonment rates, with incarceration of males proportionately more likely than incarceration of females.


  1. imprison

    Imprison refers to the act of confining or detaining someone in a prison, often as a punishment for committing a crime. It can also imply restricting or limiting someone's freedom or movements in any manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imprisonverb

    to put in prison or jail; To arrest and detain in custody; to confine

  2. Imprisonverb

    to limit, restrain, or confine in any way

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Imprison

    im-priz′n, v.t. to put in prison: to shut up: to confine or restrain.—n. Impris′onment, the act of imprisoning or state of being imprisoned: confinement or restraint.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imprison in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imprison in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of imprison in a Sentence

  1. Josep Borrell:

    We are not going to send any electoral observation mission there because Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has taken care to imprison all the political contenders who have stood in these elections.

  2. Sigmar Gabriel:

    Why should German taxpayers pay to imprison foreign criminals, the threat of having to spend time behind bars in their home country is far more of a deterrent than a prison sentence in Germany.

  3. Greg Hampikian:

    Fifteen minutes of flawed DNA forensic testimony took almost 18 years to correct in this case, my hope is that labs and lawyers will take notice, and re-examine these complex DNA mixture cases that can mistakenly imprison the innocent.

  4. Edward B. Wagner:

    Stop wasting jail space on prostitutes, drug users and other victimless criminals. Even if we find it morally acceptable to imprison these people for choices they make regarding their bodies, we must realize that we simply cannot afford to continue clogging the court system and the prison system with these harmless criminals.

  5. President Nicolas Maduro:

    If the managers are committing sabotage, here's the head of Sebin (Venezuela's intelligence service) and he'll put them in prison right away, enough of the bourgeoisie. Imprison them.

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