Definition of confine verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    confine

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈfaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaɪn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they confine
    BrE BrE//kənˈfaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaɪn//
     
    he / she / it confines
    BrE BrE//kənˈfaɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaɪnz//
     
    past simple confined
    BrE BrE//kənˈfaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaɪnd//
     
    past participle confined
    BrE BrE//kənˈfaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaɪnd//
     
    -ing form confining
    BrE BrE//kənˈfaɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaɪnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  confine somebody/something to something [often passive] to keep somebody/something inside the limits of a particular activity, subject, area, etc. synonym restrict The work will not be confined to the Glasgow area. I will confine myself to looking at the period from 1900 to 1916.
  2. 2  confine somebody/something (in something) [usually passive] to keep a person or an animal in a small or closed space Keep the dog confined in a suitable travelling cage. Here the river is confined in a narrow channel. The soldiers concerned were confined to barracks (= had to stay in the barracks, as a punishment).
  3. 3be confined to bed, a wheelchair, etc. to have to stay in bed, in a wheelchair, etc. She was confined to bed with the flu. He was confined to a wheelchair after the accident.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from French confins (plural noun), from Latin confinia, from confinis ‘bordering’, from con- ‘together’ + finis ‘end, limit’ (plural fines ‘territory’). The verb senses are from French confiner, based on Latin confinis.Extra examples Let’s confine our attention to the problem of illegal drugs. Not all horror stories are safely confined to the television set or movie screen. Poverty and deprivation are by no means confined to the north of the country. She’s been confined to a wheelchair since having a bad fall. The discussion will be confined largely to general principles. These small mammals are generally confined to the south of the island. They confined themselves to purely economic matters. Here the river is confined to a narrow channel. The soldiers concerned were confined to barracks.
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