- To confine is to impose limits or restrictions, or to prevent someone from leaving.
- When you ground your child and don't let him leave his room, this is an example of a situation where you confine your child.
- When you limit your paper to arguments in favor of something, this is an example of a situation where you confine your paper to affirmative arguments.
confine definition by Webster's New World
- a boundary or bounded region; border; limit
- Old Poet. confinement
- Obsolete a place of confinement
Origin: Middle English confinies, plural ; from Old French confins, plural , a border, boundary ; from Classical Latin confinium (pl. confinia), boundary, limit ; from confinis, bordering on ; from com-, with plush finis, an end: see finish
Origin: Fr confiner < the n.
- to keep within limits; restrict: to confine a talk to ten minutes
- to keep shut up, as in prison, in bed because of illness, indoors, etc.
confine definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb con·fined, con·fin·ing, con·fines verb, transitive
- To keep within bounds; restrict: Please confine your remarks to the issues at hand. See Synonyms at limit.
- To shut or keep in, especially to imprison.
- To restrict in movement: The sick child was confined to bed.
- confinesa. The limits of a space or area; the borders: within the confines of one county.b. Restraining elements: wanted to escape the confines of corporate politics.c. Purview; scope: a theory that is well within the confines of science.
- a. Archaic A restriction.b. Obsolete A prison.
Origin: French confiner, from Old French, from confins, boundaries, ultimately from Latin cōnfīne, from neuter of cōnfīnis, adjoining : com-, com- + fīnis, border.
- con·finˈa·ble, con·fineˈa·ble adjective
- con·finˈer noun
confine - Phrases/Idioms