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jail

jail

 
 
pronunciation:
jeIl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a building in which a government confines accused or convicted offenders, usu. for short periods.
The small town jail had only a few cells.
 
synonyms:
prison
similar words:
calaboose, can, cooler, jug, lockup, penitentiary, slammer, stir
definition 2: the state of being legally imprisoned.
He was free for a while, but now he's back in jail.
synonyms:
prison
similar words:
jug, lockup
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: jailed, jailing, jails
definition: to place in or as if in a jail; imprison.
The judge jailed him for thirty days.
synonyms:
imprison, incarcerate
antonyms:
free, release
similar words:
confine, intern, lock up
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