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im·pris·on

 (ĭm-prĭz′ən)
tr.v. im·pris·oned, im·pris·on·ing, im·pris·ons
To put in or as if in prison; confine.

[Middle English emprisonen, from Old French emprisoner : en-, in (from Latin in-; see in-2) + prison, prison; see prison.]

im·pris′on·a·ble adj.
im·pris′on·ment n.

imprison

(ɪmˈprɪzən)
vb
(tr) to confine in or as if in prison
imˈprisoner n
imˈprisonment n

im•pris•on

(ɪmˈprɪz ən)

v.t.
to confine in or as if in a prison.
[1250–1300; Middle English enprisonen < Old French enprisoner=en- en-1 + -prisoner, v. derivative of prison prison]
im•pris′on•ment, n.

imprison


Past participle: imprisoned
Gerund: imprisoning

Imperative
imprison
imprison
Present
I imprison
you imprison
he/she/it imprisons
we imprison
you imprison
they imprison
Preterite
I imprisoned
you imprisoned
he/she/it imprisoned
we imprisoned
you imprisoned
they imprisoned
Present Continuous
I am imprisoning
you are imprisoning
he/she/it is imprisoning
we are imprisoning
you are imprisoning
they are imprisoning
Present Perfect
I have imprisoned
you have imprisoned
he/she/it has imprisoned
we have imprisoned
you have imprisoned
they have imprisoned
Past Continuous
I was imprisoning
you were imprisoning
he/she/it was imprisoning
we were imprisoning
you were imprisoning
they were imprisoning
Past Perfect
I had imprisoned
you had imprisoned
he/she/it had imprisoned
we had imprisoned
you had imprisoned
they had imprisoned
Future
I will imprison
you will imprison
he/she/it will imprison
we will imprison
you will imprison
they will imprison
Future Perfect
I will have imprisoned
you will have imprisoned
he/she/it will have imprisoned
we will have imprisoned
you will have imprisoned
they will have imprisoned
Future Continuous
I will be imprisoning
you will be imprisoning
he/she/it will be imprisoning
we will be imprisoning
you will be imprisoning
they will be imprisoning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been imprisoning
you have been imprisoning
he/she/it has been imprisoning
we have been imprisoning
you have been imprisoning
they have been imprisoning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been imprisoning
you will have been imprisoning
he/she/it will have been imprisoning
we will have been imprisoning
you will have been imprisoning
they will have been imprisoning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been imprisoning
you had been imprisoning
he/she/it had been imprisoning
we had been imprisoning
you had been imprisoning
they had been imprisoning
Conditional
I would imprison
you would imprison
he/she/it would imprison
we would imprison
you would imprison
they would imprison
Past Conditional
I would have imprisoned
you would have imprisoned
he/she/it would have imprisoned
we would have imprisoned
you would have imprisoned
they would have imprisoned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.imprison - lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"; "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
detain, confine - deprive of freedom; take into confinement
2.imprison - confine as if in a prison; "His daughters are virtually imprisoned in their own house; he does not let them go out without a chaperone"
detain, confine - deprive of freedom; take into confinement

imprison

verb jail, confine, detain, lock up, constrain, put away, intern, incarcerate, send down (informal), send to prison, impound, put under lock and key, immure He was imprisoned for 18 months on charges of anti-state agitation.
free, release, discharge, liberate, emancipate

imprison

verb
1. To put in jail:
2. To enclose so as to hinder or prohibit escape:
Translations
يَسْجِن
uvěznit
fængsle
fangelsa
ieslodzīt cietumā
zapreti
hapsetmek

imprison

[ɪmˈprɪzn] VT [+ criminal] (= put in jail) → encarcelar, meter en la cárcel
he was imprisoned for debt/for ten yearslo encarcelaron or lo metieron en la cárcel por deudas/durante diez años

imprison

[ɪmˈprɪzən] vtemprisonner

imprison

vt (lit)inhaftieren, einsperren (inf); (fig)gefangen halten; to be imprisoned (lit, fig)gefangen sein; to keep somebody imprisonedjdn gefangen halten

imprison

[ɪmˈprɪzn] vtincarcerare
after being imprisoned for three weeks → dopo tre settimane di or in carcere

imprison

(imˈprizn) verb
to put in prison; to take or keep prisoner. He was imprisoned for twenty years for his crimes.
imˈprisonment noun
References in classic literature ?
To imprison these men without proof, and starve their kindred, was no harm, for they were merely peasants and subject to the will and pleasure of their lord, no matter what fearful form it might take; but for these men to break out of unjust captivity was insult and outrage, and a thing not to be countenanced by any conscientious person who knew his duty to his sacred caste.
While these measures were taking in behalf of Cedric and his companions, the armed men by whom the latter had been seized, hurried their captives along towards the place of security, where they intended to imprison them.
No wonder they proposed to imprison me for treason when, by applying my inherited business talent, I put forward a plan for securing his full services to society for a few hundred a year.
It is a very kingly, honourable, and frequent practice, when one prince desires the assistance of another, to secure him against an invasion, that the assistant, when he has driven out the invader, should seize on the dominions himself, and kill, imprison, or banish, the prince he came to relieve.
But he suddenly started up, and closing his eyes, placed his fingers upon the lids, as though he sought to imprison within his brain some curious dream from which he feared he might awake.
The curate, who was still timorous and restless, was now, oddly enough, for pushing on, and I was urging him to keep up his strength by eating when the thing happened that was to imprison us.
Yes," said D'Artagnan, "you did not really wish to kill; you only wished to imprison him.
Could not even the waters of the grey sea imprison him, as they do many another whether he will or no?