• Confine

    Pronunciation

    • verb enPR: kənfīnʹ, IPA: /kənˈfaɪn/
    • noun
      • RP IPA: /ˈkɒnfaɪn/
      • US enPR: känʹfīn, IPA: /ˈkɑnfaɪn/
    • Rhymes: -aɪn

    Origin

    From Middle French confiner.

    Full definition of confine

    Verb

    1. (transitive) To restrict; to keep within bounds; to shut or keep in a limited space or area.
      • ShakespeareNow let not nature's hand
        Keep the wild flood confined! let order die!
      • DrydenHe is to confine himself to the compass of numbers and the slavery of rhyme.
    2. To have a common boundary; to border; to lie contiguous; to touch; followed by on or with.
      • MiltonWhere your gloomy bounds
        Confine with heaven
      • DrydenBetwixt heaven and earth and skies there stands a place
        Confining on all three.

    Noun

    confine

    (plural confines)
    1. Limit.

    Synonyms

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