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noun [countable] prisoner pronunciation in British English /ˈprɪz(ə)nə(r)/
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  1. 1
    someone who is in prison as punishment for a crime
    Security staff will escort the prisoners to the scene of the crime.
    1. a.
      someone who is being kept in a prison during a war, or for political reasons
      a political prisoner
      take someone prisoner: He was taken prisoner during the battle on 6 June.
  2. 2
    someone who has no freedom because their life is controlled by something or someone
    a prisoner of drugs/poverty
    She felt like a prisoner in her own home.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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