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jail

noun [C or U] uk ( UK old-fashioned gaol)   /dʒeɪl/ us  
B1 a place where criminals are kept to punish them for their crimes, or where people accused of crimes are kept while waiting for their trials: the country's overcrowded jails a 13-year jail sentence/term The financier was released from jail last week. They spent ten years in jail for fraud. They don't throw anyone in jail for parking illegally, but they will tow your car and charge you a fine.
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jail

verb [T often passive] uk ( UK old-fashioned gaol)   /dʒeɪl/ us  
to put someone in a jail: He was jailed for three years.
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Translations of “jail”
in Korean 감옥…
in Arabic سِجْن…
in French prison…
in Turkish hapishane, cezaevi…
in Italian carcere, galera…
in Chinese (Traditional) 監獄, 看守所…
in Russian тюрьма…
in Polish więzienie…
in Spanish cárcel, prisión…
in Portuguese prisão, cadeia…
in German das Gefängnis…
in Catalan presó…
in Japanese 拘置所…
in Chinese (Simplified) 监狱, 看守所…
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