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. verb
    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
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    type of:
    confine, detain
    deprive of freedom; take into confinement
  2. verb
    confine as if in a prison
    “His daughters are virtually imprisoned in their own house”
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    type of:
    confine, detain
    deprive of freedom; take into confinement
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