confined

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adjective con·fined \kən-ˈfīnd\

Definition of confined

  1. 1 :  kept within confines: such asa :  limited to a particular location confined to bedb :  held captive confined prisoners

  2. 2 :  very small confined spaces a confined compartment

  3. 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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First Known Use of confined

1605


CONFINED Defined for English Language Learners

confined

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adjective

Definition of confined for English Language Learners

  • of a space or area : very small


Medical Dictionary

confined

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adjective con·fined \kən-ˈfīnd\

Medical Definition of confined

  1. :  undergoing childbirth



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