Translation of "prisoner" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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prisonernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈprɪz.ən.ər/ us /ˈprɪz.ən.ɚ/

B1 a person who is kept in prison as a punishment

犯人,囚犯
Prisoners climbed onto the prison roof to protest the conditions inside the prison. 犯人们爬上监狱屋顶对监狱里的条件表示抗议。
hold/keep/take sb prisoner

C2 to catch and guard someone so that they cannot escape

监禁,拘押(某人)
Of 10,000 troops, 7,000 were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner. 1万人的军队中,有7000人阵亡、受伤或被俘。
The pilot and several passengers were held prisoner by the gunmen for 57 hours. 飞行员和几名乘客被持枪歹徒扣押了57个小时。

More examples

  • Early this morning, armed police surrounded a house which they thought contained an escaped prisoner.
  • Cooped up in a small dark cell, the prisoner hadn't seen daylight for five years.
  • Hundreds of prisoners began a fast in protest about prison conditions.
  • Arrangements were made to move the prisoners to another jail.
  • More than half of all prisoners discharged are reconvicted within two years.

(Translation of “prisoner” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)