Definition of confine
1 confines plural a : something (such 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. Muskieb : scope 3 work within the confines of a small group — Frank Newman
Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Examples of confine in a Sentence
will confine my remarks to the subject we came here to discuss
the accused was confined until the trial could take place
Synonym Discussion of confine
CONFINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confine for English Language Learners
: 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)
CONFINE Defined for Kids
Word Root of confine
The Latin word finis, meaning “end” or “boundary,” gives us the root fin. Words from the Latin finis have something to do with ends or limits. Something final, such as the last chapter in a book, is the ending one. To confine is to put limits or boundaries around something. To finish something is to come to its end. Something finite has limits and happens only for a certain amount of time or in a certain space before it ends.
Medical Definition of confine
: to keep from leaving accustomed quarters (as one's room or bed) under pressure of infirmity, childbirth, or detention
Legal Definition of confine
: to hold within a location; specifically : imprison
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