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jailnoun [C or U]

(UK old-fashioned gaol) uk   /dʒeɪl/  us   /dʒeɪl/
B1 a place where criminals are kept to punish them for their crimes, or where people accused of crimes are kept while waiting for their trials: the country's overcrowded jails a 13-year jail sentence/term The financier was released from jail last week. They spent ten years in jail for fraud. They don't throw anyone in jail for parking illegally, but they will tow your car and charge you a fine.

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jailverb [T often passive]

(UK old-fashioned gaol) uk   /dʒeɪl/  us   /dʒeɪl/
to put someone in a jail: He was jailed for three years.

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

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jailnoun [C/U]

 us   /dʒeɪl/
a place where criminals are kept as a punishment for their crimes or while waiting for trial: [C] County jails are already overcrowded. [U] He was sentenced to six months in jail.
jail
verb [T]  us   /dʒeɪl/
He was jailed for three years.
(Definition of jail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “jail”
in Korean 감옥…
in Arabic سِجْن…
in Malaysian penjara…
in French prison…
in Russian тюрьма…
in Chinese (Traditional) 監獄, 看守所…
in Italian carcere, galera…
in Turkish hapishane, cezaevi…
in Polish więzienie…
in Spanish cárcel, prisión…
in Vietnamese tù…
in Portuguese prisão, cadeia…
in Thai เรือนจำ…
in German das Gefängnis…
in Catalan presó…
in Japanese 拘置所…
in Chinese (Simplified) 监狱, 看守所…
in Indonesian penjara…
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