Meaning of “imprison” in the English Dictionary

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imprisonverb [ T usually passive ]

uk /ɪmˈprɪz.ən/ us /ɪmˈprɪz.ən/
adjective uk /ɪmˈprɪz.ən.ə.bəl/ us /ɪmˈprɪz.ən.ə.bəl/

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is an imprisonable offence.
noun [ C or U ] uk /ɪmˈprɪz.ən.mənt/ us /ɪmˈprɪz.ən.mənt/


She was sentenced to five years' imprisonment.

(Definition of “imprison” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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imprisonverb [ T ]

us /ɪmˈprɪz·ən/

to put someone in prison or in a situation that is like prison:

If found guilty, he could be imprisoned for ten years.
After weeks of snow, she felt imprisoned in her own home.
noun [ U ] us /ɪmˈprɪz·ən·mənt/

(Definition of “imprison” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)