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"incarcerate" in British English

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incarcerateverb [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. to ​keep someone in a ​closedplace and ​prevent them from ​leaving it: We were incarcerated in that ​brokenelevator for four ​hours.
incarceration
noun [U] uk   /ɪnˌkɑː.sərˈeɪ.ʃən/  us   /-ˌkɑːr.səˈreɪ-/
We’re ​spendingbillions of ​dollars each ​year on incarceration.
(Definition of incarcerate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"incarcerate" in American English

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incarcerateverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈkɑr·səˌreɪt/
to put or ​keep someone in ​prison: The ​governorannounced his ​plan to incarcerate ​repeatoffenders.
incarceration
noun [U]  us   /ɪnˌkɑr·səˈreɪ·ʃən/
We’re ​spending billions of ​dollars each ​year on incarceration.
(Definition of incarcerate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “incarcerate”
in Chinese (Simplified) 监禁, 禁闭, 困住…
in Turkish hapsetmek, hapsedilmek…
in Russian заключать в тюрьму…
in Chinese (Traditional) 監禁, 禁閉, 困住…
in Polish uwięzić…
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