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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)

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.

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."