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Definition of "confine" []

  • To keep within bounds; restrict: Please confine your remarks to the issues at hand. See Synonyms at limit. (verb-transitive)
  • To shut or keep in, especially to imprison. (verb-transitive)
  • To restrict in movement: The sick child was confined to bed. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To border. (verb-intransitive)
  • The limits of a space or area; the borders: within the confines of one county. (noun)
  • To keep or close within bounds; limit; restrict (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To keep shut in; restrict the free movement of (verb)
  • A limit; boundary (noun)

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Use "confine" in a sentence
  • "That a man should lay down his life for his friend seems strange to vulgar affections and such as confine themselves within that worldly principle, “Charity begins at home.”"
  • "Indeed, it is nowadays oddly daring for a real artistic talent (that is, one properly attentive to considerations of language and truthfulness) to "confine" itself to this task."
  • "Friend, seems strange to vulgar affections, and such as confine themselves within that Worldly principle, Charity begins at home."