Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “imprison”

See all translations

imprison

verb [T usually passive] uk   /ɪmˈprɪz.ən/ us  
C1 to put someone in prison: He was imprisoned in 1965 for attempted murder. figurative Unable to go out because of the deep snow, she felt imprisoned in her own house.
imprisonable
adjective uk   /-ə.bl/ us  
Driving while under the influence of alcohol is an imprisonable offence.
imprisonment
noun [C or U] uk   /-mənt/ us  
C2 She was sentenced to five years' imprisonment.
Translations of “imprison”
in Korean 감옥에 가두다…
in Arabic يَسْجُن, يَحْبِس…
in French emprisonner…
in Turkish hapsetmek, hapse atmak…
in Italian imprigionare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 關押,囚禁…
in Russian заключать в тюрьму…
in Polish uwięzić…
in Spanish encarcelar…
in Portuguese aprisionar, encarcerar…
in German einsperren…
in Catalan empresonar…
in Japanese ~を投獄する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 关押,囚禁…
(Definition of imprison from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of imprison?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “imprison” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pup

a baby of particular animals, or a puppy

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More