Imprison vs Parole - What's the difference?

imprison | parole |

As a verb imprison

is to put in or as if in prison; confine.

As a noun parole is




Alternative forms

* emprison


(en verb)
  • To put in or as if in prison; confine.
  • Synonyms

    * bang up * gaol, jail * lock up * put away * (British, colloquial) sent to the Tower “imprisoned” * See also

    Derived terms

    * imprisoner * imprisonment



    (wikipedia parole)


  • The release or state of a former prisoner on the understanding that he/she checks in regularly and obeys the law.
  • He will be on parole for nearly two more years.
    He was released on parole .
    The defendant shall be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole .
  • The amount of time a former prisoner spends on limited release.
  • (archaic) A word of honor, especially given by a prisoner of war, to not engage in combat if released.
  • * Macaulay
  • This man had forfeited his military parole .
  • (linguistics) Language in use, as opposed to language as a system.
  • (US, immigration law) The permission for foreigner who does not meet the technical requirements for a visa to be allowed to enter the U.S. on humanitarian grounds.
  • A watchword given only to officers of guards; distinguished from the countersign, which is given to all guards.
  • (legal) An oral declaration; see parol.
  • Derived terms

    * parole board * parolee


  • To release (a prisoner) on the understanding that s/he checks in regularly and obeys the law.