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Meaning & Definition of Jail in English

English

Jail

/ʤel/

noun

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)

    synonym:
  • jail
  • ,
  • jailhouse
  • ,
  • gaol
  • ,
  • clink
  • ,
  • slammer
  • ,
  • poky
  • ,
  • pokey

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • imprison
  • ,
  • incarcerate
  • ,
  • lag
  • ,
  • immure
  • ,
  • put behind bars
  • ,
  • jail
  • ,
  • jug
  • ,
  • gaol
  • ,
  • put away
  • ,
  • remand

Examples of using

They put him in jail.
I know you didn't want Tom going to jail.
"Where is my wife?" "She is in jail."