What does confine mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word confine.

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"


  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

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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Twain:

    I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.

  2. Stephen Hawking:

    To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.

  3. Mike Barratt:

    When you confine people and put them in a stressed environment you see immune changes.

  4. Hebrew Proverb:

    Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.

  5. Delcianna Winders:

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

Images & Illustrations of confine

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Translations for confine

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • предел, ограничавам, границиBulgarian
  • poutat, omezovat, tísnitCzech
  • beschränkenGerman
  • περιορίζω, περιορισμόςGreek
  • raya, confín, confinarSpanish
  • rajata, rajoittaa, rajaFinnish
  • confiner, limiteFrench
  • korlátozHungarian
  • 限るJapanese
  • v.감금하다 n.감금Korean
  • whakatina, whakatikiMāori
  • inperken, beperken, begrenzen, limietDutch
  • confinar, confimPortuguese
  • предел, ограничивать, граница, ограничить, лимитRussian
  • ngujojAlbanian
  • begränsa, inskränkaSwedish
  • పరిమితము, పరిమితము చేయు, నిర్బంధించుTelugu

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