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To put someone in a prison, or to keep them as a prisoner - thesaurus

Synonyms

jail

verb

to put someone in jail

imprison

verb

to put someone in a prison

detain

verb

to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave

intern

verb

to put someone in a prison without officially accusing them of a crime, especially for political reasons

incarcerate

verb

formal to put someone in prison

lock away

to put someone in a prison, or in a hospital for mentally ill people

institutionalize

verb

to put someone in an institution such as a prison or a hospital, especially for a long period of time

commit

verb

to say officially that someone must go to prison

put away

informal to put someone in a prison or a mental hospital

hold someone to ransom

to keep someone as a prisoner until an amount of money is paid

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More synonyms

bang up

British to put someone in prison

cart off

informal to take someone somewhere, especially to a prison or hospital

committal

noun

the process by which a court officially sends someone to prison or for a trial in a higher court

hold

verb

to keep someone somewhere as a prisoner

send down

to send someone to prison

send up

American to send someone to prison

take down

British to remove a prisoner from the place where they stand in a court

throw

verb

if someone is thrown into prison or a similar place, they are forced to go there

wall up

to hold someone prisoner, especially in a very small space

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