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
A company called Jurassic Quest created a prehistoric zoo of more than 70 animatronic beasts to explore from the confines of your car.The best things to do — virtually and in person — while social distancing in the D.C. area | Fritz Hahn, Hau Chu | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
For Cowles and the game’s other actors, that meant recording lines of dialogue — and their many screams — from the confines of their homes.‘Call of Duty’ voice actors spent the summer on video calls like the rest of us | Mike Hume | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
While team success within friendly confines has nosedived, if the trend holds, it won’t be much of a departure for the Big Ten, which opens play Friday.Home Teams Aren’t Winning As Much In College Football This Season. The Big Ten Should Fit Right In. | Josh Planos | October 21, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
If it was controlled and kept within the confines of marriage, it could build strong families and, ultimately, a strong nation.
Whether you’re working from home, helping educate kids from the confines of your own walls, or like so many of us, doing both, a new constant that probably isn’t going away is the video call.
The decision to leave the confining comforts of home this past November was “awful,” says Grace.The Westboro Defectors Speak: Phelps Granddaughters Embrace Tolerance | John Avlon | March 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is at once confining and infinitely sinuous, so at Biennale-time it abounds with situations I call Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!
To these and the general forms of old English pipes, I purpose confining myself in the present article.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The veil had slipped and might easily have been mistaken for a ribbon confining the queue at the base of the head.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
When a way has been acquired by such use, the law is strict in confining the gainer in the use of it.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Instead of confining their action to actual applicants for help, they had to search out cases of nuisance or dangerous disease.English Poor Law Policy | Sidney Webb
A very dense fog enveloped everything, confining the view of surrounding objects to a radius of about fifty yards.
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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