- To lock inside a cage; to imprison.
1858, B. B. Wiffen, Choice Notes from "Notes and Queries", page 12:
- Bruce's daughter, Marjory, and his sister Mary, were likewise to be encaged, the former in the Tower of London, the latter in Roxburghe Castle.
2009 August 12, Fiona Johannessen, “Other Voices: Inspired by shelter of compassion”, in TheUnion.com:
- I feared the sight of encaged animals would be unbearably sad.
2009 August 18, Natalie Angier, “Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop”, in New York Times:
- To rattle the rats to the point where their stress response remained demonstrably hyperactive, the researchers exposed the animals to four weeks of varying stressors: moderate electric shocks, being encaged with dominant rats, prolonged dunks in water.