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"prison" in British English

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prisonnoun

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)
Translations of “prison”
in Korean 감옥…
in Arabic سِجْن…
in Malaysian penjara…
in French prison…
in Russian тюрьма…
in Chinese (Traditional) 監獄, 監禁,關押, 關押制度…
in Italian prigione…
in Turkish hapishane, mahpushane…
in Polish więzienie…
in Spanish cárcel, prisión…
in Vietnamese nhà tù…
in Portuguese prisão, cadeia…
in Thai คุก…
in German das Gefängnis…
in Catalan presó…
in Japanese 刑務所, 拘置所…
in Chinese (Simplified) 监狱, 监禁,关押, 关押制度…
in Indonesian penjara…
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