prison

prison
pris|on
W2S2 [ˈprızən] n
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: Latin prehensio 'act of seizing', from prehendere; PREHENSILE]
1.) [U and C]
a building where people are kept as a punishment for a crime, or while they are waiting to go to court for their ↑trial
= ↑jail
→↑prisoner, imprison ↑imprison
He visits his Dad in prison every week.
Ricky has been out of prison for 3 years now.
They'll probably put him in prison for a long time.
Helen was sent to prison for attacking a man with a knife.
The two men were arrested only a week after they were released from prison .
Three terrorists escaped from Brixton Prison .
an increase in the number of women going to prison
Mr Gunn received a ten year prison sentence .
2.) [U]
the system that deals with keeping people in a prison
the prison service
Does prison deter criminals from offending again?
3.)
an unpleasant place or situation which it is difficult to escape from
The farm felt like a prison for her.
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
in prison
out of prison
put somebody in prison/send somebody to prison
release somebody from prison/let somebody out of prison
get out of prison
escape from prison
go to prison
prison sentence (=a punishment which consists of a period of time in prison)
prison officer/warder (=someone who works in a prison and guards the prisoners)
prison cell (=a prisoner's room in a jail)
HINT sense 1
Do not say 'the prison' unless you are referring to a particular building: She was sent to prison. |He spent five years in prison. |They live opposite the prison.
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