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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.

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. Osiris Luna:

    We have taken the decision to mix and imprison in each of the cells the different groups of the criminal gangs that are causing so much damage to the country, the government will not bow down to any terrorist structure. This state is going to enforce the law and make it respected.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Anthon St Maarten:

    Nobody has the power to imprison your mind, dictate your emotions, or enslave your soul - unless you let them.

  5. 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.

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    of persons; taken advantage of
    • A. witless
    • B. victimised
    • C. squashy
    • D. tight

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