What does confine mean?

Definitions for confine
kənˈfaɪn for 1, 2, 5, 6 ; ˈkɒn faɪn for 3, 4con·fine

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word confine.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttleverb

    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, confineverb

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

  3. confineverb

    prevent from leaving or from being removed

  4. enclose, hold in, confineverb

    close in; darkness enclosed him"

  5. confine, detainverb

    deprive of freedom; take into confinement

  6. restrain, confine, holdverb

    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"


  1. confinenoun


  2. confineverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Confineadjective

    Bordering upon; beginning where the other ends; having one common boundary.

    Etymology: confinis, Latin.

  2. CONFINEnoun

    Common boundary; border; edge.

    Etymology: confinis, Lat.

    Here in these confines slily have I lurk’d,
    To watch the waining of mine enemies. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    You are old:
    Nature in you stands on the very verge
    Of her confine. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The confines of the river Niger, where the negroes are, are well watered. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 399.

    ’Twas ebbing darkness, past the noon of night,
    And Posphor on the confines of the night. John Dryden, Fables.

    The idea of duration, equal to a revolution of the sun, is applicable to duration, where no motion was; as the idea of a foot, taken from bodies here, to distances beyond the confines of the world, where are no bodies. John Locke.

  3. To Confineverb

    Etymology: confiner, Fr. confinis, Latin.

    I’ll not over the threshold. ————
    ———— Fy, you confine yourself most unreasonably: come, you must go visit the good lady. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I had been
    As broad an gen’ral as the casing air;
    But now I’m cabbin’d, cribb’d, confin’d, bound in
    To saucy doubts. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    He is to confine himself to the compass of numbers, and the slavery of rhime. Dryden.

  4. To Confineverb

    To border upon; to touch on different territories.

    Half lost, I seek
    What readiest path leads where your gloomy bounds
    Confine with heav’n. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 975.

    Full in the midst of this created space,
    Betwixt heav’n, earth, and skies, there stands a place
    Confining on all three. Dryden.


  1. Confine

    Confine is a village (curazia) located in San Marino. It belongs to the municipality (castello) of Chiesanuova. Its name, in Italian, means "border".


  1. confine

    To confine means to restrict or limit someone or something within certain boundaries or to a specific area. It may also refer to the action of keeping someone or something under control or within limits.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confineverb

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

  2. Confineverb

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

  3. Confinenoun

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

  4. Confinenoun

    apartment; place of restraint; prison

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Confine

    kon′fīn, n. border, boundary, or limit—generally in pl.: (kon-fīn′) confinement: (Shak.) a prison.—v.t. Confine′, to border; to be adjacent to: to limit, enclose: to imprison.—adjs. Confin′-able; Confined′, limited: imprisoned: narrow; Confine′less (Shak.), without bound: unlimited.—ns. Confine′ment, state of being shut up: restraint: imprisonment: restraint from going abroad by sickness, and esp. of women in childbirth; Confin′er. one within the confines: (Shak.) an inhabitant.—adj. Confin′ing, bordering: limiting.—Be confined, to be limited: to be in child-bed. [Fr. confiner—L. confinis, bordering—con, together, finis, the end.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confine in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of confine in a Sentence

  1. Marcus Aurelius:

    Confine yourself to the present.

  2. Todd Kalinski:

    it’s not funny nor humorous anymore, is it? this practical confine greasing our gills, gilding our lilies, suffocating on our common wreckage

  3. Franklin Pierce:

    If the Federal Government will confine itself to the exercise of powers clearly granted by the Constitution , it can hardly happen that its action upon any question should endanger the institutions of the States or interfere with their right to manage matters strictly domestic according to the will of their own people.

  4. Delcianna Winders:

    It is unacceptable to confine orcas to barren tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub.

  5. Author Unknown:

    Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.

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  • حجزArabic
  • граници, предел, ограничавамBulgarian
  • omezovat, poutat, tísnitCzech
  • beschränkenGerman
  • περιορισμός, περιορίζωGreek
  • confín, raya, confinarSpanish
  • rajata, rajoittaa, rajaFinnish
  • limite, confinerFrench
  • korlátozHungarian
  • 限るJapanese
  • v.감금하다 n.감금Korean
  • whakatina, whakatikiMāori
  • beperken, limiet, inperken, begrenzenDutch
  • confim, confinarPortuguese
  • ограничить, лимит, граница, ограничивать, пределRussian
  • ngujojAlbanian
  • inskränka, begränsaSwedish
  • నిర్బంధించు, పరిమితము చేయు, పరిమితముTelugu
  • محدودUrdu

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