Confine definition

kən-fīn
To keep within bounds; restrict.

Please confine your remarks to the issues at hand.

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To keep within limits; restrict.

To confine a talk to ten minutes.

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To shut or keep in, especially to imprison.
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A boundary or bounded region; border; limit.
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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.

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(old poet.) Confinement.
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To have a common boundary; to border; to lie contiguous; to touch; followed by on or with.
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To restrict in movement.

The sick child was confined to bed.

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(obs.) A place of confinement.
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(rare) To border (on) or be contiguous (with or to another region)
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To keep shut up, as in prison, in bed because of illness, indoors, etc.
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To restrict; to keep within bounds; to shut or keep in a limited space or area.
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be confined
  • to be giving birth to a child
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

be confined

Origin of confine

  • French confiner from Old French from confins boundaries confines

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French confiner.

    From Wiktionary