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.
- con·fin·a·ble, con·fine·a·ble, adjective
- con·fine·less, adjective
- con·fin·er, noun
- non·con·fin·ing, adjective
- pre·con·fine, verb (used with object), pre·con·fined, pre·con·fin·ing.
- qua·si-con·fin·ing, adjective
- re·con·fine, verb (used with object), re·con·fined, re·con·fin·ing.
- self-con·fin·ing, adjective
- un·con·fin·a·ble, adjective
- un·con·fin·ing, adjective
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How to use confine in a sentence
By that time, SantaCon had already spread beyond the narrow confines of a few prankster-explorers.Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest | David Freedlander | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the Sketchbook Project confines itself to restricting only submissions that might endanger the staff.
It exists only in his memory, so he retreats into the confines of his mind.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero | Regina Lizik | October 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Within the confines of the Internet, this little girl exists only to make us feel better about ourselves.Gabby Giffords and the Problem with ‘Inspiration Porn’ | Elizabeth Heideman | September 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It takes an effort to think beyond the clear culture-war confines of the case.
As long as he is moderately peaceful and confines his wandering brain to gesticulations and speech, he is let alone by the police.The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
For no caution is more truly kind than which confines servants strictly to their own sphere.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
And they circumcised all the children whom they found in the confines of Israel that were uncircumcised: and they did valiantly.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
And he made his brother, Simon, governor, from the borders of Tyre even to the confines of Egypt.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
This section is not expressly confined to wandering persons, but the marginal note confines it to the "occasional poor."English Poor Law Policy | Sidney Webb
British Dictionary definitions for confine
to keep or close within bounds; limit; restrict
to keep shut in; restrict the free movement of: arthritis confined him to bed
(often plural) a limit; boundary
- confinable or confineable, adjective
- confineless, adjective
- confiner, noun
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