confines, confining, confined
(The verb is pronounced [[t]kənfa͟ɪn[/t]]. The noun confines is pronounced [[t]kɒ̱nfaɪnz[/t]].)
1) VERB To confine something to a particular place or group means to prevent it from spreading beyond that place or group.

[V n to n] Health officials have successfully confined the epidemic to the Tabatinga area...

[V n] The US will soon be taking steps to confine the conflict.

2) VERB If you confine yourself or your activities to something, you do only that thing and are involved with nothing else.

[V n to n] He did not confine himself to the one language...

[V n to n] Yoko had largely confined her activities to the world of big business...

[V-ed] His genius was not confined to the decoration of buildings.

limit, restrict
3) VERB: usu passive If someone is confined to a mental institution, prison, or other place, they are sent there and are not allowed to leave for a period of time.

[be V-ed to n] The woman will be confined to a mental institution...

[be V-ed to n] He announced that the army and police had been confined to barracks.

4) N-PLURAL: usu prep the N of n Something that is within the confines of an area or place is within the boundaries enclosing it. [FORMAL]

The movie is set entirely within the confines of the abandoned factory.

...the wild grass and weeds that grew in the confines of the grandstand.

5) N-PLURAL: usu the N of n The confines of a situation, system, or activity are the limits or restrictions it involves.

...away from the confines of the British class system...

I can't stand the confines of this marriage.


English dictionary. 2008.


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