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  Definition of jail
  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)
  2. lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"; "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"
Similar Words: jailhouse, gaol, clink, slammer, imprison, incarcerate, lag, immure, put behind bars, jug, put away, remand

 

Hyponyms: bastille, holding cell, hoosegow, hoosgow, house of correction, lockup, pokey, workhouse

 

Derivational Morphology: imprison, incarcerate, lag, immure, put behind bars, jug, gaol, put away, remand, prison guard, jailer, jailor, gaoler, screw, turnkey, jailhouse, clink, slammer, captivity, imprisonment, incarceration, immurement, internment

 

 
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