Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To confine in or as if in a cage.

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  • v. To lock inside a cage; to imprison.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To confine in a cage; to coop up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put in a cage; shut up or confine in a cage; hence, to coop up; confine to any narrow limits.

Etymologies

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en- +‎ cage

Examples

  • And that's why most people at the top end of the hierarchy don't encage in this kind of behavior, much less repeatedly.

    CNN Transcript Oct 7, 2009

  • I now had children of my own that I had begun to encage.

    They Call Me Dad

  • They don't realize the consequences, and can we get stronger law passed, and, or, even encage those overpasses, so that this cannot happen anymore.

    CNN Transcript Apr 18, 2005

  • House bars both day and night encage thee like a duck.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • The nightingale is universally admitted to be the most enchanting of warblers; and many might be tempted to encage the mellifluous songster, but for the supposed difficulty of procuring proper food for it.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 569, October 6, 1832

  • Ah, it is little short of a sin to encage a wild bird, beating its heart against the bars of its narrow cage, when the sun calls it to mount up with quivering ecstasy to the gates of day; but what a sin to bind the preacher of righteousness, and imprison him in sunless vaults -- what an agony!

    John the Baptist

  • The intelligent author of the "Treatise on British Birds" does not condescend to justify the right we claim to encage them; but he shows his genuine humanity in instructing us how to render happy and healthful their imprisonment.

    Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2

  • _Which that stern dotard dreamed he could encage_.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 2

  • The community launched a legal petition to keep the village intact, which was granted - with the catch that the revised route, announced in April 2006, would completely encage the village.

    Peace Perspectives

  • Doe you him take, and in your bosome bright, gently encage, that he may be your thrall: perhaps he there may learne with rare delight, to sing your name and prayses ouer all.

    Amoretti and Epithalamion

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