prison Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “prison” in the English Dictionary

"prison" in British English

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prisonnoun

uk   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 ​especiallydifficult 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 ​keepingpeople 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)

"prison" in American English

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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 prisión, cárcel…
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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