Definition of 'prisoner'
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The huge growth in prisoner numbers is due to sentence inflation. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He takes no prisoners at all. Times, Sunday Times (2017)This government abolished the death penalty, got rid of the secret police and granted an amnesty for political prisoners. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It doesn't take any prisoners. The Sun (2016)More than 1,000 men were killed and 2,000 taken prisoner. Times, Sunday Times (2016)She grew up in Surrey before meeting a German prisoner of war. Times, Sunday Times (2016)At least 42 people were arrested in the east of the island, to derail a planned protest calling for the release of political prisoners. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Common problems include drones being used to deliver drugs, mobile phones and food to prisoners and to capture footage of football matches and concerts from open-air stadiums. Times, Sunday Times (2016)There are enough prisoners whose crimes fit the bill. The Sun (2016)Hundreds of political prisoners have been freed. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The record number of police and a record number of prisoners may also have helped. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They are thought to have claimed millions in legal aid while representing foreign prisoners and combatants. Times, Sunday Times (2014)They can only be taken as prisoners. The Sun (2014)To say how prisoners spend their time on leave is up to individuals is totally unacceptable. The Sun (2015)There were no planned atrocities committed by the military on prisoners of war or on civilians. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)New coalition policies published this week did not include plans for managing prisoner numbers. The Sun (2010)Prisoners bearing foreign passports would become hostages. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Spot checks rarely take place on prisoners with their own medicine. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Ministers are seeking compulsory agreements that offer foreign prisoners no option other than repatriation. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Australian cricketers take no prisoners but they do give hostages to fortune. Times, Sunday Times (2011)They run the risk of becoming prisoners at any time. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But there was still the problem of detainees and both sides seemed to hold a large number of prisoners. Broken Lives (1993)More than half the prisoners held in six jails are foreign and one prison has been converted to hold only foreigners. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Then there are confidence skills workshops, and projects focusing on knife crime involving prisoners and offenders. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He is charged with causing the deaths of 103 political prisoners. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The original intention had been that it would hold 1000 prisoners. The Prisons We Deserve (1994)His years as a Vietnamese prisoner of war make him a war hero. Times, Sunday Times (2008)But there are still more political prisoners in China than anywhere else in the world. The Sun (2011)I didn't think it would be a good idea for them to be handing out such information to enemy prisoners. Times, Sunday Times (2015)A weather presenter who grew into a giant after being exposed to radiation is captured by the government and held prisoner with a group of strange creatures. The Sun (2010)
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Translations for 'prisoner'
British English: prisoner /ˈprɪzənə/ NOUN
A prisoner is a person who is kept in a prison as a punishment or because they have been captured by an enemy.
...the large number of prisoners sharing cells.
- American English: prisoner
- Arabic: سَجِيـن
- Brazilian Portuguese: prisioneiro
- Chinese: 囚犯
- Croatian: zatvorenik
- Czech: vězeň
- Danish: fange
- Dutch: gevangene
- European Spanish: prisionero
- Finnish: vanki
- French: prisonnier
- German: Häftling
- Greek: φυλακισμένος
- Italian: prigioniero
- Japanese: 囚人
- Korean: 죄수
- Norwegian: innsatt
- Polish: więzień
- European Portuguese: prisioneiro
- Romanian: prizonier
- Russian: арестант
- Spanish: prisionero
- Swedish: fånge
- Thai: ผู้ถูกขัง
- Turkish: mahkum
- Ukrainian: в'язень
- Vietnamese: phạm nhân
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