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Definition of "prison" []

  • A place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention, especially persons convicted of crimes. (noun)
  • A place or condition of confinement or forcible restraint. (noun)
  • A state of imprisonment or captivity. (noun)
  • To confine in or as if in a prison; imprison. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prison" in a sentence
  • "I'm speaking to this wicked child, who has obtained our love and sympathy and attention on false pretences, for which she ought to be put in prison -- yes, in _prison_, for such a heartless trick on relatives who can ill afford to be so cruelly disappointed! '"
  • "Update: Marchello Cecala murder * Brandon Christopher Wallace sentenced to up to 30 years in prison; Anthony David Milligan sentenced to 1-15 years in prison*"
  • "It's the New York Times, so you'll have to suffer through the misuse of the term "prison camp.""