confine


1con·fine

noun \ˈkän-ˌfīn also kən-ˈ\

Definition of CONFINE

1
plural
a :  something (as borders or walls) that encloses <outside the confines of the office or hospital — W. A. Nolen>; also :  something that restrains <escape from the confines of soot and clutter — E. S. Muskie>
b :  scope 3 <work within the confines of a small group — Frank Newman>
2
a archaic :  restriction
b obsolete :  prison

Origin of CONFINE

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French confines, plural, from Latin confine border, from neuter of confinis adjacent, from com- + finis end
First Known Use: 15th century

2con·fine

verb \kən-ˈfīn\

: to keep (someone or something) within limits : to prevent (someone or something) from going beyond a particular limit, area, etc.

: to keep (a person or animal) in a place (such as a prison)

: to force or cause (someone) to stay in something (such as a bed or wheelchair)

con·finedcon·fin·ing

Full Definition of CONFINE

intransitive verb
archaic
:  border
transitive verb
1
a :  to hold within a location
b :  imprison
2
:  to keep within limits <will confine my remarks to one subject>
con·fin·er noun

Examples of CONFINE

  1. <will confine my remarks to the subject we came here to discuss>
  2. <the accused was confined until the trial could take place>

First Known Use of CONFINE

1523

Rhymes with CONFINE

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con·fine

transitive verb \kən-ˈfīn\   (Medical Dictionary)
con·finedcon·fin·ing

Medical Definition of CONFINE

: to keep from leaving accustomed quarters (as one's room or bed) under pressure of infirmity, childbirth, or detention

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