Meaning of “inmate” in the English Dictionary

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"inmate" in British English

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inmatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɪn.meɪt/ us /ˈɪn.meɪt/

a person who is kept in a prison or a hospital for people who are mentally ill


  • Women make up about 6 percent of all inmates in the U.S.
  • The inmates claim they have been mistreated by the prison guards.
  • Two inmates managed to escape during the riot.
  • Some prison inmates have gone on hunger strike.
  • The prison has had little success in rehabilitating inmates.

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

"inmate" in American English

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inmatenoun [ C ]

us /ˈɪnˌmeɪt/

a person who is forced by law to stay in a prison or hospital:

The inmates were living in terrible conditions.

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