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Noun: prison  pri-zun
  1. A correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
    - jail, jailhouse, gaol [Brit], clink [informal], slammer [informal], poky [informal], pokey [informal], calaboose [US, Austral, informal]
  2. A correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment
    - prison house
  3. A prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement
    - prison house
Verb: prison  pri-zun
Usage: archaic (=imprison)
  1. Confine as if in a prison
    "His daughters are virtually prisoned in their own house; he does not let them go out without a chaperone";
    - imprison
  2. (law) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
    "The suspects were prisoned without trial";
    - imprison, incarcerate, lag, immure, put behind bars, jail, jug [N. Amer, informal], gaol [Brit], put away, remand

Derived forms: prisons, prisoning, prisoned

Type of: confine, correctional institution, detain, situation, state of affairs

Encyclopedia: Prison