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English definition of “prisoner”

prisoner

noun [C]     /ˈprɪz.ən.ər/ US  //
B1 a person who is kept in prison as a punishment: Prisoners climbed onto the prison roof to protest at the conditions inside the prison. → See also political prisonerPeople held in prison hold/keep/take sb prisoner C2 to catch someone and guard them 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.Putting people in prison
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