immure

When you immure someone or something, you put it behind a wall, as in a jail or some other kind of confining space.

You may recognize the -mur- in immure as the root for "wall," as in mural, which is a painting on a wall, or intramural, literally "inside the walls," as, for instance, the walls of a school — intramural sports are played among teams from the same school. You don't need a jail to immure someone. Rapunzel was immured in her tower. At the end of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the lovers are immured in the tomb.

Definitions of immure
  1. verb
    lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
    synonyms: gaol, imprison, incarcerate, jail, jug, lag, put away, put behind bars, remand
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    type of:
    confine, detain
    deprive of freedom; take into confinement
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