To imprison someone is to put them in a prison cell. If you imprison someone, you're preventing them from leaving.

  • The prisoner was imprisoned for trying to escape.

  • The prisoner was imprisoned for protesting against the government.

Definition of imprison


lock up or confine, in or as in a jail


gaol, immure, incarcerate, jail, jug, lag, put away, put behind bars, remand


confine as if in a prison

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Example Sentences for imprison

  • 1

    He was arrested and imprisoned upon his disembarkation.

  • 2

    He was arrested for disloyalty and imprisoned in Fort Lafayette in 1862.

  • 3

    It is to imprison someone to detain.

  • 4

    The song deals with the imprisonment of inmate.

  • 5

    Their dominion is a continuance of the original imprisonment.

  • 6

    They imprisoned many political leaders.

  • 7

    The pursuit to capture life, to imprison reality and to trap a scene forever is a worthy endeavor when applied to one field of art photography.

  • 8

    It is the imprisonment of the people within their own homes.

  • 9

    Some are punishable by death or life imprisonment.

  • 10

    He is resentful of the world for his imprisonment.