confine

noun
con·​fine | \ ˈkän-ˌfīn How to pronounce confine (audio) also kən-ˈfīn How to pronounce confine (audio) \

Definition of confine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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. Muskie
b : scope sense 3 work within the confines of a small group— Frank Newman
2a archaic : restriction
b obsolete : prison

confine

verb
con·​fine | \ kən-ˈfīn How to pronounce confine (audio) \
confined; confining

Definition of confine (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to hold within a location Dikes confined the floodwaters.
b : imprison
2 : to keep within limits will confine my remarks to one subject

Other Words from confine

Verb

confiner noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for confine

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

limit, restrict, circumscribe, confine mean to set bounds for. limit implies setting a point or line (as in time, space, speed, or degree) beyond which something cannot or is not permitted to go. visits are limited to 30 minutes restrict suggests a narrowing or tightening or restraining within or as if within an encircling boundary. laws intended to restrict the freedom of the press circumscribe stresses a restriction on all sides and by clearly defined boundaries. the work of the investigating committee was carefully circumscribed confine suggests severe restraint and a resulting cramping, fettering, or hampering. our choices were confined by finances

Examples of confine in a Sentence

Verb will confine my remarks to the subject we came here to discuss the accused was confined until the trial could take place
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last season's schedule was constricted to intra-division games in an effort to confine teams geographically. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 Even if vaccines are truly necessary, why will the ETS confine the mandate to employers with 100 or more workers? Joel Zinberg, National Review, 14 Sep. 2021 In addition to the hate crime charges, the indictment alleges all three defendants attempted to unlawfully seize and confine Arbery in an attempt to restrict his free movement and detain him against his will. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, 12 May 2021 In addition to the hate crime charges, the indictment alleges all three defendants attempted to unlawfully seize and confine Arbery in an attempt to restrict his free movement and detain him against his will. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, 12 May 2021 In addition to the hate crime charges, the indictment alleges all three defendants attempted to unlawfully seize and confine Arbery in an attempt to restrict his free movement and detain him against his will. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, 12 May 2021 In addition to the hate crime charges, the indictment alleges all three defendants attempted to unlawfully seize and confine Arbery in an attempt to restrict his free movement and detain him against his will. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, 12 May 2021 This creates charge separations and electric currents, which in turn create magnetic fields, which in turn confine plasmas and create these telltale structures on the Sun. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 1 June 2021 In addition to the hate crime charges, the indictment alleges all three defendants attempted to unlawfully seize and confine Arbery in an attempt to restrict his free movement and detain him against his will. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, 12 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the Nobel laureate did not confine herself to one kind of writing. Hillel Italie, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2022 Restraint chairs resemble a cross between a wheelchair and a padded incline bench press, with straps to confine the arms and feet. Leon Stafford, ajc, 25 Dec. 2021 The chaos of three time zones and daylight saving couldn’t stop us from deconstructing the lens of art history, which, McCormack argues, wants to confine women to four categories: Venuses, mothers, damsels or monsters. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Lett also put forward a motion to confine the maps that could be considered in the event the group fails to adopt one of its own to only those individual commission maps that have undergone a 45-day public comment period. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 8 Nov. 2021 Security forces unrolled spools of barbed wire to confine the camps. New York Times, 2 Oct. 2021 But to keep the elk from competing with cattle for forage and water, the NPS erected fences that confine the elk to select corners of the park with limited water and forage. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 23 Sep. 2021 Some diplomats attending the council session did not confine their concern to the situation in Sudan. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 One option considered was to confine his time at Rehoboth to mid-week in order to cause less of a disruption. DÁnica Coto, ajc, 11 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of confine

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1523, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for confine

Noun

Middle English confynyes, borrowed from Latin confīnia, plural of confīnium "common boundary, limit, border," from confīnis "having a common boundary" (from con- con- + -fīnis, adjective derivative of fīnis "boundary, limit, ending") + -ium, suffix of compounded nouns — more at final entry 1

Verb

borrowed from Middle French confiner "to be adjacent, restrain within limits," probably borrowed from Italian confinare, derivative of confine "boundary line, limit," noun derivative from neuter of Latin confīnis "having a common boundary" — more at confine entry 1

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confine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of confine

: 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

verb
con·​fine | \ kən-ˈfīn How to pronounce confine (audio) \
confined; confining

Kids Definition of confine

1 : to keep within limits Her study of bears is confined to those in North America.
2 : to shut up : imprison
3 : to keep indoors She was confined by sickness.

Other Words from confine

confinement \ -​mənt \ noun

confine

transitive verb
con·​fine | \ kən-ˈfīn How to pronounce confine (audio) \
confined; confining

Medical Definition of confine

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

confine

transitive verb
con·​fine
confined; confining

Legal Definition of confine

: to hold within a location specifically : imprison

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