- to put or keep in prison; jail
- to restrict, limit, or confine in any way
transitive verbim·pris·oned, im·pris·on·ing, im·pris·ons
To put in or as if in prison; confine.
Origin of imprisonMiddle English emprisonen from Old French emprisoner en- in ( from Latin in- ; see in- 2. ) prison prison ; see prison .
(third-person singular simple present imprisons, present participle imprisoning, simple past and past participle imprisoned)
- To put in or as if in prison; confine.
From Old French emprisonner
- 1606) was alleged to have been one of the Gowrie conspirators and to have arranged to imprison the king in Fast Castle.
- The second arrangement enables any particular engine to enter or leave without disturbing the other; but on the other hand an accident to the turn-table may temporarily imprison the whole of them.
- They alone might remain seated in a king's presence, and had power to try and even to imprison a king, who must appear before them at the third summons.
- They then couibined with the majority of the council and the discontented Catholics to remove the protector from office and imprison him in the Tower (October).
- To which he refused to agree; and consequently the Saxon troops withdrew from the imperial army, a proceeding which led the chagrined emperor to seize and imprison Sch6ning in July 1692.