from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To put into jail.
- transitive v. To shut in; confine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To lock away; to imprison, especially for breaking the law.
- v. To confine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To imprison; to confine in a jail or prison.
- transitive v. To confine; to shut up or inclose; to hem in.
- adj. Imprisoned.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To imprison; confine in a jail.
- To confine; shut up or inclose; constrict closely: as, incarcerated hernia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
Medieval Latin incarcerāre, incarcerāt- : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin carcer, prison.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin incarceratus, past participle of incarcerare ("to imprison"), from Latin in ("in") + carcer ("a prison"), meaning "put behind lines (bars)" – Latin root is of a lattice or grid. Related to cancel ("cross out with lines") and chancel ("area behind a lattice"). (Wiktionary)