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



(also British English, old-fashioned gaol) verb
BrE BrE//dʒeɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//dʒeɪl//
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they jail
BrE BrE//dʒeɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//dʒeɪl//
he / she / it jails
BrE BrE//dʒeɪlz//
; NAmE NAmE//dʒeɪlz//
past simple jailed
BrE BrE//dʒeɪld//
; NAmE NAmE//dʒeɪld//
past participle jailed
BrE BrE//dʒeɪld//
; NAmE NAmE//dʒeɪld//
-ing form jailing
BrE BrE//ˈdʒeɪlɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒeɪlɪŋ//
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[usually passive] jail somebody (for something) to put somebody in prison synonym imprison He was jailed for life for murder. See related entries: Prison Word OriginMiddle English: based on Latin cavea. The word came into English in two forms, jaiole from Old French and gayole from Anglo-Norman French gaole (surviving in the spelling gaol), originally pronounced with a hard g, as in goat.Extra examples He was jailed for murder in 1996. She was jailed for ten years. The men were convicted and jailed for life. One man was arrested and jailed for biting a police officer.
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