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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.

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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