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Definition 1: place limits on (extent or amount or access) - [verb of change]

Samples where confine or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • restrict the use of this parking lot
  • limit the time you can spend with your friends

Synonyms for confine in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of confine ) narrow or limit

"reduce the influx of foreigners"

(... is a kind of confine ) restrict (someone or something) so as to make free movement difficult

(... is a kind of confine ) set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something

(... is a kind of confine ) repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)

"The police clamped down on illegal drugs"

(... is a kind of confine ) severely restrict in scope or extent

"tighten the rules" "stiffen the regulations"

(... is a kind of confine ) prevent the progress or free movement of

"He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather" "the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"

(... is a kind of confine ) set boundaries to and delimit

"mark out the territory"

(... is a kind of confine ) reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)

"I draw the line when it comes to lending money to friends!"

(... is a kind of confine ) restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment

(... is a kind of confine ) limit or restrict to

"I am tied to UNIX" "These big jets are tied to large airports"

(... is a kind of confine ) limit in quality or quantity

Definition 2: to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement - [verb of contact]

Samples where confine or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for confine in the sense of this definition

(confine is a kind of ...) make unable to perform a certain action

"disable this command on your computer"

(... is a kind of confine ) secure with or as if with ropes

"tie down the prisoners" "tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"

(... is a kind of confine ) restrain with fetters

(... is a kind of confine ) restrain or bind with chains

(... is a kind of confine ) bind the arms of

(... is a kind of confine ) place or shut up in a pound

"pound the cows so they don't stray"

(... is a kind of confine ) shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits

"The prisoners are safely pounded"

(... is a kind of confine ) confine in a fold, like sheep

(... is a kind of confine ) confine or restrict to the ground

"After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot"

Definition 3: prevent from leaving or from being removed - [verb of contact]

(confine is a kind of ...) prevent the action or expression of

"hold back your anger" "keep your cool" "she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays"

(... is a kind of confine ) confine to a small space, such as a cabin

(... is a kind of confine ) confine to a small space, as for intensive work

(... is a kind of confine ) confine in or as if in a coop

"she coops herself up in the library all day"

(... is a kind of confine ) place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape

"The parents locked her daughter up for the weekend" "She locked her jewels in the safe"

(... is a kind of confine ) close with or as if with a tight seal

"This vacuum pack locks in the flavor!"

Synonyms for confine in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of confine ) hold and prevent from leaving

"The student was kept after school"

(... is a kind of confine ) squeeze together

(... is a kind of confine ) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

"The suspects were imprisoned without trial" "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"

(... is a kind of confine ) deprive of freedom

"During WW II, Japanese were interned in camps in the West"

(... is a kind of confine ) order a defendant to be placed in custody pending the outcome of a proceedings against him or her

"The defendant was bound over for trial"

(... is a kind of confine ) confine as if in a prison

"His daughters are virtually imprisoned in their own house; he does not let them go out without a chaperone"

(... is a kind of confine ) confine in a cage

"The animal was caged"

(... is a kind of confine ) place in a confining or embarrassing position

"He was trapped in a difficult situation"

(... is a kind of confine ) cause to stay indoors

Definition 5: close in - [verb of stative]

Samples where confine or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • darkness enclosed him

Synonyms for confine in the sense of this definition

(confine is a kind of ...) contain or hold; have within

"The jar carries wine" "The canteen holds fresh water" "This can contains water"

(... is a kind of confine ) form the boundary of; be contiguous to

(... is a kind of confine ) enclose with banks, as for support or protection

"The river was embanked with a dyke"

(... is a kind of confine ) enclose with rails

"rail in the old graves"

(... is a kind of confine ) enclose or confine as if in a box

(... is a kind of confine ) enclose in a frame, as of a picture

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