Definitions

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

  • adj. Imprisoned.
  • transitive v. To imprison; to confine in a jail or prison.
  • transitive v. To confine; to shut up or inclose; to hem in.

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Since the decision to incarcerate is a Judicial one, how can the YJB achieve a target in which they have no say whatsoever? on June 16, 2008 at 8: 48 am | Reply John

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  • Pak's failure to 'incarcerate' Saeed behind 'failed' Indo-Pak Secy level talks: Analysts Sharm-el-SHEIKH - Pakistan's dilly dallying attitude over prosecuting Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD) chief Hafeez Mohammad Saeed, the prime accused in the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, has served a heavy blow to the much awaited dialogue between India and Pakistan on the margins of the NAM summit here, as the Foreign Secretary level talk between both the nations have failed to produce any substantial results.

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  • On verse 20: Nope -- "shut up" means two things in modern English, but the Greek κατακλείω only has the sense of 'incarcerate'.

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  • I suggest we let the govenment do only what we really shouldn’t do ourselves; such as incarcerate or kill the bad guys, wholesale when necessary.

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  • Obviously, it is good to get dangerous people off the streets, but this law allowed courts to incarcerate individuals who had never been convicted of any crime, based on a guess about future dangerousness.

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  • Many states spend more than $1 million a year to incarcerate the residents of single blocks or small neighborhoods.

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  • It is not, however, the responsibility of the IDF to enforce Israeli law, nor to apprehend, try and or incarcerate those who choose to break the laws of the land.

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  • This provision disrespects and demoralizes our law enforcement officers and prosecutors who are responsible for protecting our national security using the United States criminal justice system and process which has been effectively used repeatedly to investigate, arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate individuals who are convicted of terrorism.

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  • After citing figures from Eric Revere, first vice-chairman of the San Diego County Community Mental Health Board showing how much cheaper it is to treat someone with mental illness than incarcerate them, she argues that the dollars used to incarcerate people with mental illness who are released as a result of the court order should follow the individual into the mental health system.

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  • Wherefore, the large stone and brick cells, lined with double and triple-tiered bunks, in which the Law is wont to incarcerate him, he calls the Hobo.

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