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incarcerate

verb [T] uk   /ɪnˈkɑː.sər.eɪt/ us    /-ˈkɑːr.sə.reɪt/
formal to put or keep someone in prison or in a place used as a prison: Thousands of dissidents have been interrogated or incarcerated.Putting people in prison to keep someone in a closed place and prevent them from leaving it: We were incarcerated in that broken elevator for four hours.Putting people in prison
incarceration
noun [U] uk   /ɪnˌkɑː.sərˈeɪ.ʃən/ us    /-ˌkɑːr.səˈreɪ-/
Putting people in prison
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