confined

adjective con·fined \ kən-ˈfīnd \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of confined

1 : kept within confines: such as
a : limited to a particular location
  • confined to bed
b : held captive
  • confined prisoners
2 : very small
  • confined spaces
  • a confined compartment
3 dated : undergoing childbirth
  • In Scotland, the Countess of Athole, who was lying-in at Edinburgh Castle near the similarly confined Mary, Queen of Scots, is reported to have cast her own birth pangs onto a waiting-woman in the queen's chamber.
  • —Michael Olmert

Examples of confined in a Sentence

  1. She gets uncomfortable in confined spaces.

  2. confined citizens have basic rights under that nation's constitution

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Origin and Etymology of confined

from past participle of 2confine


CONFINED Defined for English Language Learners

confined

Definition of confined for English Language Learners

  • of a space or area : very small


Medical Dictionary

confined

adjective con·fined \ kən-ˈfīnd \

medical Definition of confined

: undergoing childbirth


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