Incarcerate Definition

incarcerated, incarcerates, incarcerating
incarcerated, incarcerates, incarcerating
To imprison; jail.
Webster's New World
To shut up; confine.
Webster's New World

To lock away; to imprison, especially for breaking the law.


Origin of Incarcerate

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Medieval Latin incarcerāre incarcerāt- Latin in- in in–2 Latin carcer prison

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • See also carcerate and cancer.

    From Wiktionary

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