imprison Definition

  • 1to put someone in prison or to keep them as a prisoner
  • 2to restrict someone's freedom or limit their ability to do something

Using imprison: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "imprison" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was imprisoned for ten years for his crimes.

  • Example

    The government has been criticized for imprisoning political dissidents.

  • Example

    The walls of the castle imprisoned her within its confines.

  • Example

    Her fear of failure imprisoned her and prevented her from taking risks.

imprison Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for imprison

Antonyms for imprison

Idioms Using imprison

  • do time (in prison)

    to serve a prison sentence


    He did time in prison for his involvement in the robbery.

  • to imprison someone for a long time, often for life


    The judge decided to throw away the key and sentenced the murderer to life in prison.

  • in prison


    He spent ten years behind bars for his crimes.

Phrases with imprison

  • to be limited or restricted by something


    She felt imprisoned by her own fears and doubts.

  • imprison someone's mind

    to limit someone's thinking or creativity


    The strict rules of the school seemed to imprison the students' minds.

  • self-imprisonment

    the act of limiting oneself or one's own freedom


    His self-imprisonment in his own thoughts prevented him from enjoying life.

Origins of imprison

from Old French 'emprisoner', from en- 'in' + prison 'prison'


Summary: imprison in Brief

The verb 'imprison' [im-priz-uhn] means to put someone in prison or to restrict someone's freedom. It can refer to physical confinement, as in 'He was imprisoned for ten years for his crimes,' or mental confinement, as in 'The strict rules of the school seemed to imprison the students' minds.' Idioms like 'do time (in prison)' and 'throw away the key' refer to serving a prison sentence or being imprisoned for a long time.