- limited or restricted.
- unable to leave a place because of illness, imprisonment, etc.
- being in childbirth; being in parturition.
Origin of confined
- to enclose within bounds; limit or restrict: She confined her remarks to errors in the report. Confine your efforts to finishing the book.
- to shut or keep in; prevent from leaving a place because of imprisonment, illness, discipline, etc.: For that offense he was confined to quarters for 30 days.
Origin of confine
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Examples from the Web for confined
Exploitation of trafficking victims may be most acute in conflict and adjoining regions, but it is not confined to these areas.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
The series also reversed a long trend that saw the character paralyzed by the Joker and confined to a wheelchair for a decade.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’
December 6, 2014
You can clink your wine glass and deliver an impassioned speech about conquering the demons that kept you confined in the closet.How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
November 26, 2014
Former Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham is paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair.Why 2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless
P. J. O’Rourke
November 22, 2014
She could no longer go to the orchestra; she was confined to a wheelchair.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation
November 17, 2014
If it be possible for so universal a lover to be confined so long to one object?
And what less did the world think of me now, he asked, than that I was confined that I might not?
It might have been better had I confined myself to seconding the motion.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Not long after his arrival he had a slight attack of fever, which confined him to his bed.Biographical Stories
He is confined to his room, and is positively starving for company.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
- enclosed or restricted; limited
- in childbed; undergoing childbirth
- to keep or close within bounds; limit; restrict
- to keep shut in; restrict the free movement ofarthritis confined him to bed
- (often plural) a limit; boundary
Word Origin and History for confined
c.1400, "boundary, limit" (usually as confines), from Old French confins "boundaries," from Medieval Latin confines, from Latin confinium (plural confinia) "boundary, limit," from confine, neuter of confinis "bordering on, having the same boundaries," from com- "with" (see com-) + finis "an end" (see finish (n.)).
1520s, "to border on," from Middle French confiner, from confins (n.); see confine (n.). Sense of "keeping within limits" is from 1590s. Related: Confined; confining.