confine

confine
con|fine
W3 [kənˈfaın] v [T]
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1¦(limit)¦
2¦(keep somebody in a place)¦
3¦(stop something spreading)¦
4¦(stay in one place)¦
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[Date: 1500-1600; : French; Origin: confiner, from Latin confinis; CONFINES]
1.) ¦(LIMIT)¦
to keep someone or something within the limits of a particular activity or subject
= ↑restrict confine sth to sth
The police cadet's duties were confined to taking statements from the crowd.
We confined our study to 10 cases.
confine yourself to (doing) sth
Owen did not confine himself to writing only one type of poem.
2.) ¦(KEEP SOMEBODY IN A PLACE)¦
to keep someone in a place that they cannot leave, such as a prison
confine sb to sth
Any soldier who leaves his post will be confined to barracks (=made to stay in the barracks) .
be confined in sth
He was allegedly confined in a narrow, dark room for two months.
3.) ¦(STOP SOMETHING SPREADING)¦
to stop something bad from spreading to another place
confine sth to sth
Firefighters managed to confine the fire to the living room.
4.) ¦(STAY IN ONE PLACE)¦ [usually passive]
if you are confined to a place, you have to stay in that place, especially because you are ill
Vaughan is confined to a wheelchair .
She's confined to bed with flu.

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  • Confine — Con fine (? or ?); 277), v. i. To have a common boundary; to border; to lie contiguous; to touch; followed by on or with. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Where your gloomy bounds Confine with heaven. Milton. [1913 Webster] Bewixt heaven and earth and skies …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Confine — Con fine, n. 1. Common boundary; border; limit; used chiefly in the plural. [1913 Webster] Events that came to pass within the confines of Judea. Locke. [1913 Webster] And now in little space The confines met of empyrean heaven, And of this world …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Confine — Con*fine (k[o^]n*f[imac]n ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Confining}.] [F. confiner to border upon, LL. confinare to set bounds to; con + finis boundary, end. See {Final}, {Finish}.] To restrain within limits; to restrict; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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