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noun prison pronunciation in American English /ˈprɪz(ə)n/
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  1. [countable/uncountable] an institution where people are kept as punishment for committing a crime. A large prison is called a penitentiary and the people who are kept there are called prisoners
    send someone to prison: He was sent to prison for armed robbery.
    go to prison: You can go to prison for that, you know.
    in prison: He’s currently in prison for tax fraud.
    1. b.
      [uncountable] the experience of being in prison
      Has prison changed him?
    2. c.
      [only before noun] involving prison, or relating to prison
      a prison term/sentence (=the period of time someone must stay in prison): She could face a ten-year prison term.

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