Meaning of “prison” in the English Dictionary


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uk /ˈprɪz.ən/ us /ˈprɪz.ən/

B1 [ C or U ] a building where criminals are forced to live as a punishment:

Conditions in the prison are said to be appalling.
He's spent a lot of time in prison.
She went to/was sent to prison for six months.
It was a maximum-security prison (= intended to be especially difficult to escape from).
They should put him in prison and throw away the key!
a prison cell/sentence/guard
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[ U ] the system of keeping people in prisons:

the prison system
Do you think prison works?
Prison (= the time he had spent in prison) hadn't changed him at all.

[ C ] a situation or relationship from which it is difficult to escape:

She felt that her marriage had become a prison.

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

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prisonnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈprɪz·ən/

a building where criminals are kept as a punishment:

[ U ] He was sent to prison for life.

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