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1 to set bounds or an upper limit for
  • will confine my remarks to the subject we came here to discuss

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2 to put in or as if in prison
  • the accused was confined until the trial could take place

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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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The first known use of confine was in the 15th century

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“Confine.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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