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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
jail (noun)
1.
a place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody , specifically such a place under the jurisdiction of a local government (as a county) for the confinement of persons awaiting trial or those convicted of minor crimes - compare prison
2.
confinement in a jail - sentenced to jail
jail (verb)
transitive verb
to confine in or as if in a jail
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
jail (noun)
a place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody
SYNONIMS:
bastille, big house, bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink, cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jailhouse, joint, jug, lockup, nick, pen, penitentiary, pokey, prison, quod, slam, slammer, stir, stockade, tolbooth
RELATED WORDS:
bull pen, cage, cell, hole, tank; block, ward; glasshouse [], guardhouse, hulk(s); concentration camp, gulag, labor camp, prison camp, stalag, work camp; dungeon, keep, oubliette; reformatory, reform school, training school
NEAR ANTONYMS:
outside
jail (verb)
to put in or as if in prison
SYNONIMS:
commit, confine, immure, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up)
RELATED WORDS:
constrain, limit, restrain, restrict, shut; bar, gate; apprehend, arrest, bust [], capture, catch, detain, nab, pick up, pinch, seize; impress, shanghai; hold, impound, keep; bind, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel
NEAR ANTONYMS:
emancipate, enfranchise, manumit, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter
discharge, free, liberate, release
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