[ kuhn-fahyn for 1, 2, 5, 6; kon-fahyn for 3, 4 ]
/ kənˈfaɪn for 1, 2, 5, 6; ˈkɒn faɪn for 3, 4 /
verb (used with object), con·fined, con·fin·ing.
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.
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Origin of confine
con·fin·a·ble, con·fine·a·ble, adjectivecon·fine·less, adjectivecon·fin·er, nounnon·con·fin·ing, adjective
pre·con·fine, verb (used with object), pre·con·fined, pre·con·fin·ing.qua·si-con·fin·ing, adjectivere·con·fine, verb (used with object), re·con·fined, re·con·fin·ing.self-con·fin·ing, adjectiveun·con·fin·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·fin·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-confining
verb (kənˈfaɪn) (tr)
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
Derived Formsconfinable or confineable, adjectiveconfineless, adjectiveconfiner, noun
Word Origin for confine
C16: from Medieval Latin confīnāre from Latin confīnis adjacent, from fīnis end, boundary
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