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The second time I went to jail, I was like, 'Okay, this is not the move.'
The Notorious B.I.G.

Meaning of "jail" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD JAIL

From Old French jaiole cage, from Vulgar Latin caveola (unattested), from Latin cavea enclosure.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF JAIL

jail  [dʒeɪl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF JAIL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Jail is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb jail in English.

WHAT DOES JAIL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

jail

Prison

A prison or jail is a facility in which individuals are forcibly confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state as a form of punishment. The most common use of prisons is as part of a criminal justice system, in which individuals officially charged with or convicted of crimes are confined to a jail or prison until they are either brought to trial to determine their guilt or complete the period of incarceration they were sentenced to after being found guilty at their trial. Outside of their use for punishing civil crimes, authoritarian regimes also frequently use prisons and jails as tools of political repression to punish political crimes, often without trial or other legal due process; this use is illegal under most forms of international law governing fair administration of justice. In times of war or conflict, prisoners of war may also be detained in military prisons or prisoner of war camps, and large groups of civilians might be imprisoned in internment camps.

Definition of jail in the English dictionary

The definition of jail in the dictionary is a place for the confinement of persons convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or of persons awaiting trial to whom bail is not granted. Other definition of jail is to confine in prison.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO JAIL

PRESENT

Present
I jail
you jail
he/she/it jails
we jail
you jail
they jail
Present continuous
I am jailing
you are jailing
he/she/it is jailing
we are jailing
you are jailing
they are jailing
Present perfect
I have jailed
you have jailed
he/she/it has jailed
we have jailed
you have jailed
they have jailed
Present perfect continuous
I have been jailing
you have been jailing
he/she/it has been jailing
we have been jailing
you have been jailing
they have been jailing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I jailed
you jailed
he/she/it jailed
we jailed
you jailed
they jailed
Past continuous
I was jailing
you were jailing
he/she/it was jailing
we were jailing
you were jailing
they were jailing
Past perfect
I had jailed
you had jailed
he/she/it had jailed
we had jailed
you had jailed
they had jailed
Past perfect continuous
I had been jailing
you had been jailing
he/she/it had been jailing
we had been jailing
you had been jailing
they had been jailing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will jail
you will jail
he/she/it will jail
we will jail
you will jail
they will jail
Future continuous
I will be jailing
you will be jailing
he/she/it will be jailing
we will be jailing
you will be jailing
they will be jailing
Future perfect
I will have jailed
you will have jailed
he/she/it will have jailed
we will have jailed
you will have jailed
they will have jailed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been jailing
you will have been jailing
he/she/it will have been jailing
we will have been jailing
you will have been jailing
they will have been jailing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would jail
you would jail
he/she/it would jail
we would jail
you would jail
they would jail
Conditional continuous
I would be jailing
you would be jailing
he/she/it would be jailing
we would be jailing
you would be jailing
they would be jailing
Conditional perfect
I would have jail
you would have jail
he/she/it would have jail
we would have jail
you would have jail
they would have jail
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been jailing
you would have been jailing
he/she/it would have been jailing
we would have been jailing
you would have been jailing
they would have been jailing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you jail
we let´s jail
you jail
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to jail
Past participle
jailed
Present Participle
jailing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH JAIL


ale
eɪl
detail
ˈdiːteɪl
e-mail
ˈiːmeɪl
engaol
ɪnˈdʒeɪl
fail
feɪl
female
ˈfiːmeɪl
gaol
dʒeɪl
mail
meɪl
male
meɪl
nail
neɪl
retail
ˈriːteɪl
sale
seɪl
scale
skeɪl
tail
teɪl
tale
teɪl
thumbnail
ˈθʌmˌneɪl
trail
treɪl
travail
ˈtræveɪl
vale
veɪl
wholesale
ˈhəʊlˌseɪl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE JAIL

jai
jai alai
Jai Hind
jail cell
jail delivery
jail fever
jail sentence
jail term
jail-like
jailable
jailbait
jailbird
jailbreak
jailbreaker
jailer
jaileress
jailhouse
jailless
jailor
jailoress

WORDS THAT END LIKE JAIL

Abigail
ail
avail
bail
get out of jail
go into detail
Grail
hail
Holy Grail
in detail
nose to tail
on the nail
ponytail
prevail
rail
Royal Mail
sail
snail
vail
webmail

Synonyms and antonyms of jail in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «JAIL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «jail» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of jail

Translation of «jail» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF JAIL

Find out the translation of jail to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of jail from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «jail» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

监狱
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

cárcel
570 millions of speakers

English

jail
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जेल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

سِجْنٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

тюрьма
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

cadeia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

জেল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

prison
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Penjara
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Gefängnis
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

刑務所
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

감옥
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Jail
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nhà tù
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சிறையில்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

जेल
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

hapis
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

prigione
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

więzienie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

в´язниця
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

închisoare
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

φυλακή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

tronk
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

fängelse
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

fengsel
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of jail

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «JAIL»

The term «jail» is very widely used and occupies the 8.404 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «JAIL» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «jail» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «jail» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about jail

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10 QUOTES WITH «JAIL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word jail.
1
Floyd Abrams
The question at the end of the day was, the courts having found there was no defense, a producer about to go to jail, should CBS in effect tell the producer go to jail even though there is no law at all that we can use to get you out of jail?
2
Muhammad Ali
I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick.
3
Sherman Austin
While I was in jail, they handcuffed me and took me to a backroom, where a detective from the FBI and a Secret Service agent were, and they interrogated me for about three or four hours.
4
The Notorious B.I.G.
The second time I went to jail, I was like, 'Okay, this is not the move.'
5
Brian Baird
With random urinalysis, there's a clear choice - either get high or go to jail.
6
Foxy Brown
I've never stabbed, hurt, killed, stolen, anything, but I went to jail for a year. What is that? My pastor said to me the fact that I'm not living under a bridge as a crazy woman, talking to myself, is amazing.
7
Foxy Brown
Being in jail, it's humbled me in a way I never imagined.
8
Nolan Bushnell
Some of the best projects to ever come out of Atari or Chuck E. Cheese's were from high school dropouts, college dropouts. One guy had been in jail.
9
Geoffrey Canada
I want my kids to graduate from high school. But that's not enough. I also want them to go to college. Why? Because rich people's kids go to college. And if that's good enough for them, it's good enough for my kids. Because you know what? College graduates don't tend to go to jail as frequently as nongraduates.
10
Tracy Chapman
There are good reasons for being in jail - for protesting.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «JAIL»

Discover the use of jail in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to jail and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Night Dad Went to Jail
When someone you love goes to jail, you might feel lost, scared, and even mad. What do you do? No matter who your loved one is, this story can help you through the tough times.
Melissa Higgins, 2012
2
The Jail Notebook and Other Writings
The Notebook is richly annotated by Bhupender Hooja; and the annotations have been revised and updated for this edition.Also included are the most important texts that Bhagat Singh wrote in jail, Chaman Lal?s lucid introduction, the New ...
Bhagat Singh, Bhupendra Hooja, 2007
3
Letter from the Birmingham Jail
Martin Luther King, Jr. rarely had time to answer his critics.
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1994
4
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail: A Play
"Produced around the country under the American Playwrights Theatre program, this drama opens with Thoreau in jail for refusing to pay taxes to a government conducting a war of aggression in Mexico, at midpoint shows Emerson visiting him, ...
Jerome Lawrence, Robert Edwin Lee, 1972
5
Hard Time: Life with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in America's ...
Recounts the time the author spent submerged in a world of gang violence, insect infested cells, and food unfit for animals.
Shaun Attwood, 2010
6
Jail: An Inmate's Survival Guide
In addition to finding out some of the do's and don'ts you need to know when dealing with fellow inmates, guards and other personnel, this book will cover such topics as: the booking procedures and types of cells you will occupy, what is ...
Panama Publishing, Panama Publishing Staff, 2007
7
The Jail: Managing the Underclass in American Society
The re-publication of John Irwin’s The Jail: Managing the Underclass in American Society is a most timely aid to that mission. –From the foreword by Jonathan Simon
John Irwin, 2013
8
Go to Jail
Go to Jail! is a call for Christians worldwide to take the mission of Christ outside the walls of the church.
Rick Bezanson, 2009
9
Breaking Out of Food Jail
Argues against the famine-feast method of dieting, suggesting that eating until one feels satisfied and avoiding the bathroom scale is the best way to control weight
Jean Antonello, 1996
10
Detained: Immigration Laws and the Expanding I.N.S. Jail Complex
Recently, the INS, particularly its enforcement and detention operations have expanded dramatically. This book will offer many readers their first look inside that system.
Michael Welch (Ph. D.), 2002

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «JAIL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term jail is used in the context of the following news items.
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Texas trooper violated policy stopping woman who died in jail: agency
Relatives and friends of Bland, who was found hanged in her Waller County jail cell on Monday, said they do not believe the official version ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
2
Essex County sheriff urges a detox facility for jail - Metro - The …
The jail had 1,174 inmates this week, twice the intended capacity when it was built in the 1990s. Of those inmates, 570 were in the pretrial ... «Boston Globe, Jul 15»
3
Protest Held for Woman Who Died in Waller County Jail | NBC 5 …
More than 100 protesters marched from the Waller County jail to the courthouse following the death of Sandra Bland, who authorities say ... «NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth, Jul 15»
4
Mexico arrests seven officials over El Chapo jail break
The Mexican attorney general's office has said it has arrested seven officials over suspected involvement in the jail break of drug kingpin ... «Irish Times, Jul 15»
5
Online pirates could face 10 years in jail - BBC News
Online pirates could face jail terms of up to 10 years under plans being ... of years in jail just isn't a sufficient deterrent to prevent online piracy, ... «BBC News, Jul 15»
6
South Seattle man remains in jail after road-rage incident | The …
A 44-year-old South Seattle man will remain in jail for violating terms of his community custody following his arrest Thursday on investigation of ... «The Seattle Times, Jul 15»
7
Prisoner handed a four year sentence is still in jail NINE years later …
A prisoner jailed for four years and four months back in 2006 is still languishing behind bars - nine years later. Ishuba Salmon, 35, was ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
8
Suit alleges jail inmates forced to go naked or get no clean clothes …
A lawsuit alleges the Cole County Jail forces inmates to go without clothing while their sole set of clothes are laundered. «KRCG, Jul 15»
9
Former felons who re-offend go to jail instead of prison - News10.net
Former felons who re-offend go to jail instead of prison. A report from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows fewer ... «News10.net, Jul 15»
10
Names of inmates who died at Richmond jail released | WTVR.com
RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. released the names of the three inmates who died at the city jail over a 72-hour period. «wtvr.com, Jul 15»

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