- Incarcerate is defined as to put in jail or shut inside a place.
- An example of incarcerate is putting a person in prison.
- An example of incarcerate is putting a lion in a cage.
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transitive verb in·car·cer·at·ed, in·car·cer·at·ing, in·car·cer·ates
- To put into jail.
- To shut in; confine.
Origin: Medieval Latin incarcerāre, incarcerāt- : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin carcer, prison.
- in·carˌcer·aˈtion noun
- in·carˈcer·aˌtor noun