Definitions for: Confine


[v] place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
[v] restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
[v] 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"
[v] prevent from leaving or from being removed
[v] deprive of freedom; take into confinement
[v] close in or confine



Webster (1913) Definition: Con*fine", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Confined; p. pr. &
vb. n. Confining.] [F. confiner to border upon, LL.
confinare to set bounds to; con- + finis boundary, end. See
Final, Finish.]
To restrain within limits; to restrict; to limit; to bound;
to shut up; to inclose; to keep close.

Now let not nature's hand Keep the wild flood confined!
let order die! --Shak.

He is to confine himself to the compass of numbers and
the slavery of rhyme. --Dryden.

To be confined, to be in childbed.

Syn: To bound; limit; restrain; imprison; immure; inclose;
circumscribe; restrict.


Con"fine (? or ?); 277), v. i.
To have a common boundary; to border; to lie contiguous; to
touch; -- followed by on or with. [Obs.]

Where your gloomy bounds Confine with heaven. --Milton.

Bewixt heaven and earth and skies there stands a place.
Confining on all three. --Dryden.


Con"fine, n.
1. Common boundary; border; limit; -- used chiefly in the
plural.

Events that came to pass within the confines of
Judea. --Locke.

And now in little space The confines met of empyrean
heaven, And of this world. --Milton.

On the confines of the city and the Temple.
--Macaulay.

2. Apartment; place of restraint; prison. [Obs.]

Confines, wards, and dungeons. --Shak.

The extravagant and erring spirit hies To his
confine. --Shak.

Synonyms: bound, circumscribe, detain, enclose, hold, hold in, limit, restrain, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

Antonyms: free, liberate, loose, release, unloose, unloosen

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