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Dictionary definition for: Jail

1. (n) a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)

2. (v) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; "The suspects were imprisoned without trial" "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"

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