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JAIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does jail mean? 

JAIL (noun)
  The noun JAIL has 1 sense:

1. a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)

  Familiarity information: JAIL used as a noun is very rare.


JAIL (verb)
  The verb JAIL has 1 sense:

1. lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

  Familiarity information: JAIL used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


JAIL (noun)


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Meaning:

A correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

poky; gaol; jail; jailhouse; pokey; slammer; clink

Hypernyms ("jail" is a kind of...):

correctional institution (a penal institution maintained by the government)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "jail"):

bastille (a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner))

holding cell (a jail in a courthouse where accused persons can be confined during a trial)

hoosegow; hoosgow (slang for a jail)

house of correction ((formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences)

lockup (jail in a local police station)

workhouse (a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months)


JAIL (verb)


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Meaning:

Lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

put behind bars; jug; jail; incarcerate; imprison; immure; gaol; lag; remand; put away

Context examples:

The suspects were imprisoned without trial / the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life

Hypernyms (to "jail" is one way to...):

confine; detain (deprive of freedom; take into confinement)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to jail the prisoners


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