Meaning of “incarcerate” in the English Dictionary

"incarcerate" in British English

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incarcerateverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈkɑː.sər.eɪt/ us /ɪnˈkɑːr.sə.reɪt/
incarceration
noun [ U ] uk /ɪnˌkɑː.sərˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ɪnˌkɑːr.səˈreɪ.ʃən/

We’re spending billions 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 governor announced his plan to incarcerate repeat offenders.
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)