Definitions for confinekənˈfaɪn for 1, 2, 5, 6 ; ˈkɒn faɪn for 3, 4

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•finekənˈfaɪn for 1, 2, 5, 6 ; ˈkɒn faɪn for 3, 4(v.; n.)-fined, -fin•ing

  1. (v.t.)to enclose within bounds; limit or restrict:

    Confine your remarks to the subject at hand.

  2. to shut or keep in; prevent from leaving a place because of imprisonment, illness, discipline, etc.

  3. (n.)Usu., confines. a boundary or bound; limit; border.

  4. Often, confines. region; territory.

  5. Archaic.

    Ref: confinement .

  6. Obs. a place of confinement; prison.

Origin of confine:

1350–1400; (n.) ME < MF confins, confines < ML confīnia, pl. of L confīnis boundary (see con -, fine2); (v.) < MF confiner, v. der. of confins < L



Princeton's WordNet

  1. restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle(verb)

    place limits on (extent or access)

    "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

  2. limit, circumscribe, confine(verb)

    restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"

  3. confine(verb)

    prevent from leaving or from being removed

  4. enclose, hold in, confine(verb)

    close in; darkness enclosed him"

  5. confine, detain(verb)

    deprive of freedom; take into confinement

  6. restrain, confine, hold(verb)

    to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement

    "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. confine(verb)ənˈfaɪn for 1, 2, 5, 6; ˈkɒn faɪn for 3, 4

    to force sb or sth to remain in a small place

    animals confined in tiny cages; an illness that confines him to bed

  2. confineənˈfaɪn for 1, 2, 5, 6; ˈkɒn faɪn for 3, 4

    to limit the activity or the spread of sth; = restrict

    The disease is confined to these two areas.


  1. confine(Noun)


  2. confine(Verb)

    To restrict; to keep within bounds; to shut or keep in a limited space or area

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confine(verb)

    to restrain within limits; to restrict; to limit; to bound; to shut up; to inclose; to keep close

  2. Confine(verb)

    to have a common boundary; to border; to lie contiguous; to touch; -- followed by on or with

  3. Confine(noun)

    common boundary; border; limit; -- used chiefly in the plural

  4. Confine(noun)

    apartment; place of restraint; prison

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confine' in Verbs Frequency: #604

Translations for confine

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to keep within limits; to stop from spreading

They succeeded in confining the fire to a small area.

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