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Definition of incarcerate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

incarcerate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkɑːsəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɑːrsəreɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they incarcerate
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkɑːsəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɑːrsəreɪt//
 
he / she / it incarcerates
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkɑːsəreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɑːrsəreɪts//
 
past simple incarcerated
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkɑːsəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɑːrsəreɪtɪd//
 
past participle incarcerated
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkɑːsəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɑːrsəreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form incarcerating
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkɑːsəreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkɑːrsəreɪtɪŋ//
 
Prison
 
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[usually passive] incarcerate somebody (in something) (formal) to put somebody in prison or in another place from which they cannot escape synonym imprison Thousands were incarcerated in labour camps. See related entries: Prison Word Origin mid 16th cent. (earlier (late Middle English) as incarceration): from medieval Latin incarcerat- ‘imprisoned’, from the verb incarcerare, from in- ‘into’ + Latin carcer ‘prison’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: incarcerate