tr.v. in·car·cer·at·ed, in·car·cer·at·ing, in·car·cer·ates
1. To put in a prison or jail.
2. To shut in; confine.
[Medieval Latin incarcerāre, incarcerāt- : Latin in-, in; see IN-2 + Latin carcer, prison.]
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