verb (used with object), in·car·cer·at·ed, in·car·cer·at·ing.
- to imprison; confine.
- to enclose; constrict closely.
- (tr) to confine or imprison
1550s, a back-formation from incarceration, or else from Medieval Latin incarceratus, past participle of incarcerare “to imprison” (see incarceration). Related: Incarcerated; incarcerating.
- Confined or trapped, as a hernia.