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noun prison pronunciation in British English /ˈprɪz(ə)n/
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pluralprisons
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  1. [countable/uncountable] an institution where people are kept as punishment for committing a crime. The people who stay in prison are called prisoners
    in prison:

    He’s currently in prison for tax fraud.

    go to prison:

    You can go to prison for that, you know.

    send someone to prison:

    He was sent to prison for armed robbery.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the system of keeping people in prisons as a punishment
    2. b.
      [uncountable] the experience of being in prison

      Has prison changed him?

    3. 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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