Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To put in or as if in prison; confine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To put in or as if in prison; confine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To put in prison or jail; To arrest and detain in custody; to confine.
  • transitive v. To limit, restrain, or confine in any way.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put into a prison; confine in a prison or jail; detain in custody.
  • To confine, limit, or restrain in any way or by any means.
  • Synonyms To incarcerate, immure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. confine as if in a prison
  • v. lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

Etymologies

Middle English emprisonen, from Old French emprisoner : en-, in (from Latin in-; see in-2) + prison, prison; see prison.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I don't know if yesterday's Supreme Court ruling is really going to lead to the apocalypse predicted by so many, or if the corporate influence on American politics is already at its absolute maximum and this is merely going to alter the number of tools in the fat cats 'political influence toolkit … But I find myself having the same naive reaction to the notion of "corporate personhood" that I've always had when it's come up: If corporations are persons in the eyes of the law, why has no one pursued the argument that we can do to corporations what we routinely do to persons, namely imprison and execute them?

    NYT > Opinion

  • Having already set himself free, no-one could 'imprison' him, no matter what they did.

    grace

  • It also called my attention to the ways I "imprison" myself by putting pressure on myself with unnecessary demands and expectations.

    Anne Naylor: How To Nourish The Spirit Of Youth In You

  • Keenan's poetic "An Evil Cradling," which he describes as a literary attempt to "imprison" insanity on paper in the same way he held it at bay while in captivity, topped The Sunday Times of London's bestseller list for nine weeks last year.

    Best Sellers In Chains

  • The office was closed just days after former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Shih Ming-teh (施明德), who had pledged to "imprison" himself in his apartment until President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) left office, traveled to the US on Feb. 15, reportedly for medical treatment.

    Shih Betrays Again

  • For instance, the decision to become a mass party is explained away (p12); while ANC leaders 'input into debates on the character of the SACP is aimed "... ostensibly to' imprison 'the SACP and the left to' outmoded 'alliance traditions and methods as an attempt to' liquidate 'it (p8) ".

    MANAGING NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC TRANSFORMATION

  • The Maya verb _Kal_ signifies to "imprison" or "inclose," which is certainly appropriate to what we see in the figure.

    Aids to the Study of the Maya Codices Sixth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884-85, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1888, pages 253-372

  • I actually think everyone on child support should unite and not pay one red cent and force the state to "imprison" all of them.

    Bossip.com

  • The self-proclaimed car guard who managed to "imprison" himself when the vehicle he wanted to steal outsmarted him with fancy technology, has been found guilty of attempted theft of a motor vehicle in the Pretoria Regional Court.

    IOL: News

  • It did not imprison my mind being a cake eater* enjoying the sugar and the coffee and the chocolate even when the growers had to grow more powerful stimulant crops to feed a family but when local workers had to turn their hands to produce organic herbs it became matter over mind.

    A Prison of the Mind

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