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incarcerate (verb) imprison, especially for a long period.
When a person is incarcerated, they are imprisoned, especially for a long period. Indian freedom fighters against the British rule were transported to the Andamans where they were incarcerated, that is, imprisoned, for years on end.
- During Hitlerís regime, millions of Jews, including a large number of women, old people and children, were incarcerated in crowded prisons, before they were sent to gas chambers to be killed.
- Environmentalists protesting against the construction of a factory in the area were taken into custody. They are ready even to be incarcerated, if that can stop the construction of the factory.