incarcerate

Use the verb incarcerate when you need to put someone behind bars in a big way, meaning, send them to prison, like those who, after being found guilty of a crime and sentenced, become incarcerated.

The word incarcerate entered the English language in the sixteenth century, tracing back to the Latin word meaning “imprisoned.” If you incarcerate people, that means you imprison them for a predetermined amount of time in a jail, prison, or a detention center. It’s good to know the meaning of incarcerate, but make sure you never get so close to it that you have firsthand knowledge of the word.

Definitions of incarcerate
1

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

“the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life”
Synonyms:
gaol, immure, imprison, jail, jug, lag, put away, put behind bars, remand
Type of:
confine, detain
deprive of freedom; take into confinement

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