incarcerated


verb (used with object), in·car·cer·at·ed, in·car·cer·at·ing.

  1. to imprison; confine.
  2. to enclose; constrict closely.

adjective

  1. imprisoned.

verb

  1. (tr) to confine or imprison
v.

1550s, a back-formation from incarceration, or else from Medieval Latin incarceratus, past participle of incarcerare “to imprison” (see incarceration). Related: Incarcerated; incarcerating.

adj.

  1. Confined or trapped, as a hernia.

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