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Meaning of CONFINE

Pronunciation:  kun'fIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
  2. [v]  restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
  3. [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"
  4. [v]  prevent from leaving or from being removed
  5. [v]  deprive of freedom; take into confinement
  6. [v]  close in or confine

CONFINE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: bound, circumscribe, detain, enclose, hold, hold in, limit, restrain, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
 Antonyms: free, liberate, loose, release, unloose, unloosen
 See Also: baffle, bear, bind, bind over, border, bound, box in, box up, cabin, cage, cage in, cap, carry, check, clamp down, closet, constrain, contain, contain, content, control, coop in, coop up, crack down, cramp, cumber, curb, curtail, cut back, decrease, delimit, delimitate, demarcate, disable, disenable, draw a line, draw the line, enchain, encumber, fetter, fold, frame, gaol, gate, ground, halter, hamper, harness, hold, hold, hold back, hold in, immure, impound, imprison, incapacitate, incarcerate, inhibit, jail, jug, keep, keep, keep back, keep down, keep in, lag, lessen, lock, lock away, lock in, lock up, mark off, mark out, minify, moderate, number, pen up, pinion, pound, pound up, put away, put away, put behind bars, rail, rail in, ration, reduce, regulate, rein, remand, rule, seal in, shackle, shut away, shut up, stiffen, straiten, strangle, suppress, tie, tie down, tie up, tighten, tighten up, trap, truss



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \Con"fine\, n.
    1. Common boundary; border; limit; -- used chiefly in the
             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.
    2. Apartment; place of restraint; prison. [Obs.]
             Confines, wards, and dungeons.        --Shak.
             The extravagant and erring spirit hies To his
             confine.                              --Shak.
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