- 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 confining
The decision to leave the confining comforts of home this past November was “awful,” says Grace.The Westboro Defectors Speak: Phelps Granddaughters Embrace Tolerance
March 8, 2013
It is at once confining and infinitely sinuous, so at Biennale-time it abounds with situations I call Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!My Biennale Favorites
June 8, 2009
I am considering them apart, and confining myself wholly to the words of the song.The Conquest of Fear
Only yesterday we spoke of confining him, but poor old father pleaded not.In the Valley
I am confining myself to explaining how the "System" gets its money.Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
Reuben began to complain that harnessmaking was too confining.The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know
Thomas Forsyth Hunt
Look around you, as here you may look, unhindered by any confining walls.The Singing Mouse Stories
- 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 confining
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.