A man incarcerated.
- An example of incarcerate is putting a person in prison.
- An example of incarcerate is putting a lion in a cage.
- to imprison; jail
- to shut up; confine
Origin of incarcerate; from Medieval Latin incarceratus, past participle of incarcerare, to imprison ; from Classical Latin in, in + carcer, prison
transitive verbin·car·cer·at·ed, in·car·cer·at·ing, in·car·cer·ates
- To put in a prison or jail.
- To shut in; confine.
Origin of incarcerateMedieval Latin incarcerare, incarcerat- : Latin in-, in; see in–2 + Latin carcer, prison.
(third-person singular simple present incarcerates, present participle incarcerating, simple past and past participle incarcerated)
As a Latinate term, somewhat formal, compared to imprison.
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”).