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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 especially difficult to escape from). They should put him in prison and throw away the key! a prison cell/sentence/warder
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[U] the system of keeping people in prisons: the prison service 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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Translations of “prison”
in Arabic سِجْن…
in Korean 감옥…
in Malaysian penjara…
in French prison…
in Turkish hapishane, mahpushane…
in Italian prigione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 監獄, 監禁,關押, 關押制度…
in Russian тюрьма…
in Polish więzienie…
in Vietnamese nhà tù…
in Spanish prisión, cárcel…
in Portuguese prisão, cadeia…
in Thai คุก…
in German das Gefängnis…
in Catalan presó…
in Japanese 刑務所, 拘置所…
in Indonesian penjara…
in Chinese (Simplified) 监狱, 监禁,关押, 关押制度…
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