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confine

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of confine

  1. 1 to set bounds or an upper limit for will confine my remarks to the subject we came here to discuss Synonyms of confine cap, circumscribe, limit, hold down, restrictWords Related to confine bar, block, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct; constrict, contract, lessen, narrow, pinch, squeeze, tighten; quell, repress, suppress; number; modify, qualifyNear Antonyms of confine broaden, expand, widen; overextend, overreachAntonyms of confine exceed

  2. 2 to put in or as if in prison the accused was confined until the trial could take place Synonyms of confine commit, imprison, immure, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up)Words Related to confine constrain, limit, restrain, restrict, shut; bar, gate; apprehend, arrest, bust [slang], capture, catch, detain, nab, pick up, pinch, seize; impress, shanghai; hold, impound, keep; bind, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammelNear Antonyms of confine emancipate, enfranchise, manumit, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetterAntonyms of confine discharge, free, liberate, release

Synonym Discussion of confine

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


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