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"prisoner" in British English

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prisonernoun [C]

uk   /ˈprɪz.ən.ər/  us   //
B1 a ​person who is ​kept in ​prison as a ​punishment: Prisoners ​climbed onto the ​prisonroof to ​protest the ​conditions inside the ​prison. hold/keep/take sb prisoner C2 to ​catch and ​guard someone so that they cannot ​escape: Of 10,000 ​troops, 7,000 were ​killed, ​wounded, or taken prisoner. The ​pilot and several ​passengers were ​held prisoner by the ​gunmen for 57 ​hours.
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prisonernoun [C]

 us   /ˈprɪz·ə·nər, ˈprɪz·nər/
a ​person who is ​kept in ​prison as ​punishment A prisoner is also someone who is under the ​control of someone ​else and not ​physicallyfree: Two ​securityguards were ​held/taken prisoner during the robbery.
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Translations of “prisoner”
in Arabic سَجين…
in Korean 죄수, 수감자…
in Portuguese prisioneiro, -a, presidiário…
in Catalan presoner, -a…
in Japanese 囚人, 捕虜…
in Chinese (Simplified) 犯人,囚犯…
in Turkish mahkûm, hükümlü…
in Russian заключенный, военнопленный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 犯人,囚犯…
in Italian prigioniero, -a…
in Polish więzień, więźniarka…
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