imprison

To imprison is to hold someone in a prison or jail. It can also mean to confine them elsewhere. You might imprison a classmate in a locker, for example.

Cops imprison suspects who can't make bail, and someone could be imprisoned for a long time if convicted of a serious crime. Government agencies like the CIA and FBI also imprison people. However, you don't need a prison to imprison someone: a kidnapper holding people captive in the basement has imprisoned them.

Definitions of imprison
1

v lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

“The suspects were imprisoned without trial”
Synonyms:
gaol, immure, incarcerate, jail, jug, lag, put away, put behind bars, remand
Type of:
confine, detain
deprive of freedom; take into confinement

v confine as if in a prison

“His daughters are virtually imprisoned in their own house”
Type of:
confine, detain
deprive of freedom; take into confinement

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