AskDefine | Define confine

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1 restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day" [syn: limit, circumscribe]
2 place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends" [syn: restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, throttle]
3 prevent from leaving or from being removed
4 close in or confine [syn: enclose, hold in]
5 deprive of freedom; take into confinement [syn: detain] [ant: free]
6 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" [syn: restrain, hold]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (verb): kənfīnʹ, /kənˈfaɪn/, /k@n"faIn/
  • (noun):
    • (RP): /ˈkɒnfaɪn/, /"kQnfaIn/
    • (US): känʹfīn, /ˈkɑnfaɪn/, /"kAnfaIn/
    Rhymes: -aɪn


  1. To restrict; to keep within bounds; to shut or keep in a limited space or area


To restrict; to keep within bounds; to shut or keep in a limited space or area


  1. (in plural confines) Limits.



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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