- 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.
- a boundary or bounded region; border; limit
- Old Poet. confinement
- Obsolete a place of confinement
Origin of confineMiddle 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 + finis, an end: see finish
intransitive verbconfined, confining
Origin of confineFr 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.
transitive verbcon·fined, con·fin·ing, con·fines
- 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.
Origin of confineFrench confiner, from Old French, from confins, boundaries; see confines.
- con·fin′a·ble, con·fine′a·ble
(third-person singular simple present confines, present participle confining, simple past and past participle confined)
From Middle French confiner.