usage note
This word may also be spelled "gaol."
jail
noun
1. (prison) 
You can end up in jail for robbery.Puedes acabar en la cárcel por robo.
Many jails are plagued by overcrowding.Muchas prisiones están plagadas de hacinamiento.
adjective
2. (related to jail) 
This activity is punishable with a jail sentence of up to two years.Esta actividad es punible con una pena de prisión de hasta dos años.
transitive verb
3. (to imprison) 
The judge jailed him for theft.El juez lo encarceló por hurto.
jail
Noun
1. (general) 
a. la cárcel (F) 
to be in jailestar en la cárcel
to go to jailir a la cárcel
transitive verb
2. (general) 
a. encarcelar 
jail [dʒeɪl]
noun
cárcel (f); prisión (f)
to go to jail ir a la cárcel; sentenced to ten years in jail condenado a diez años de cárcel or prisión
transitive verb
(for crime) encarcelar;for por; (for length of time)
to jail sb for two months condenar a algn a dos meses de cárcel or de cárcel
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