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confine

con·fine

confine

 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: kn faIn
inflections: confined, confines, confining
definition 1: to limit within certain bounds; restrict.
Please confine your questions to the topic of the lecture.The snowstorm confined us to the house.His thoughts were confined to how he might solve the problem.We were on a tight schedule and had to confine our stay in Paris to three days.
synonyms:
limit, restrict
antonyms:
loose
similar words:
bind, circumscribe, constrain, control, narrow, restrain, trammel
definition 2: to enclose or shut in; imprison.
The dog was dangerous and had to be confined.He was confined in that prison for fifteen years.
 
synonyms:
enclose, restrict, shut in, shut up
antonyms:
discharge
similar words:
box, cabin, cage, chain, commit, coop up, fasten, hold, immure, impound, imprison, incarcerate, jail, keep, lock up, quarantine, trammel
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kan faIn
definition: (usu. pl.) limit, border, or boundary.
No one was allowed to wander beyond the the confines of the camp.These matters are not within the confines of our discussion.
synonyms:
boundaries, bounds
similar words:
borders, limitation, limits
derivations: confinable (confineable) (adj.), confined (adj.), confineless (adj.), confiner (n.)
Word Builder: confine +
  • confined:
    close, tight.
Word Parts
The word confine contains the following part:
fin Latin root that means end, limit