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English definition of “incarcerate”

incarcerate

verb [T]     /ɪnˈkɑː.sər.eɪt/ US  /-ˈkɑːr.sə.reɪt/
formal to put or keep someone in prison or in a place used as a prison: Thousands of dissidents have been interrogated or incarcerated.Putting people in prison to keep someone in a closed place and prevent them from leaving it: We were incarcerated in that broken elevator for four hours.Putting people in prison incarceration     /ɪnˌkɑː.sərˈeɪ.ʃən/ US  /-ˌkɑːr.səˈreɪ-/ noun [U] Putting people in prison
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