- 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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Related Wordsincarcerate, hinder, detain, restrict, restrain, imprison, jail, constrain, hog-tie, bar, cramp, bound, delimit, bind, fix, shorten, immure, ice, repress, intern
Examples from the Web for confine
It is naïve to imagine that a militarized police will confine itself to surgical strikes in crime-ridden areas.What’s Next, Police With Tanks?
June 28, 2014
These questions simply will not confine themselves to quiet rooms.Paul Begala: The Strangely Silent Jan. 23 Debate in Tampa
January 24, 2012
In war, for instance, we certainly mean to confine our aspirations for life to ourselves and our allies.Let the Death Penalty Die
March 10, 2009
He was in love with the ideal and would not confine it to any country.The Man Shakespeare
I will confine myself to one, which appears to me the most important of all.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV]
Benedict of Spinoza
You confine yourself too much, indeed you do; and you see you are not equal to it.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
In fact, he suffered it to confine him only one day; but the sight was lost.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
The worst was, that they did not confine their demonstrations to barking.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- 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 confine
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.