Confine is all about setting limits. If you are confined to the house, it means you can't leave it. If you're really sick, you might be confined to your bed.

Confine can be used abstractly as well. In writing a term paper, your teacher might tell you to confine your examples to ones that you can support with direct evidence. In the 19th century, pregnancy and childbirth were often referred to as a woman's confinement—a time when she couldn't get up or out.

Definitions of confine

v place limits on (extent or access)

bound, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
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reduce, tighten
narrow or limit
limit or restrict to
restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
draw a line, draw the line
reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)
mark off, mark out
set boundaries to and delimit
harness, rein, rule
keep in check
baffle, regulate
check the emission of (sound)
cramp, halter, hamper, strangle
prevent the progress or free movement of
constrain, stiffen, tighten, tighten up
clamp down, crack down
repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
limit the range or extent of
constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain
hold back
put a bridle on
keep to the curb
impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden
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check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

v restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"

circumscribe, limit
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hold down
keep down, number
place a limit on the number of
restrict the number or amount of
curb, curtail, cut back, restrict
place restrictions on
delimit, delimitate, demarcate
set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something
satisfy in a limited way
restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war
lessen, diminish, or curtail
immobilise, immobilize
cause to be unable to move
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decrease, lessen, minify
make smaller

v deprive of freedom; take into confinement

free, liberate, loose, release, unloose, unloosen
grant freedom to; free from confinement
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hold and prevent from leaving
squeeze together
gaol, immure, imprison, incarcerate, jail, jug, lag, put away, put behind bars, remand
lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
deprive of freedom
bind over
order a defendant to be placed in custody pending the outcome of a proceedings against him or her
confine as if in a prison
cage, cage in
confine in a cage
pin down, trap
place in a confining or embarrassing position
keep in
cause to stay indoors

v to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement

hold, restrain
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bind, tie down, tie up, truss
secure with or as if with ropes
fetter, shackle
restrain with fetters
restrain or bind with chains
pinion, shackle
bind the arms of
impound, pound
place or shut up in a pound
pound, pound up
shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits
fold, pen up
confine in a fold, like sheep
confine or restrict to the ground
chain up
tie up with chains
faggot, faggot up, fagot
bind or tie up in or as if in a faggot
faggot, fagot
fasten together rods of iron in order to heat or weld them
tie together somebody's limbs
cuff, handcuff, manacle
confine or restrain with or as if with manacles or handcuffs
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disable, disenable, incapacitate
make unable to perform a certain action

v prevent from leaving or from being removed

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confine to a small space, such as a cabin
confine to a small space, as for intensive work
coop in, coop up
confine in or as if in a coop
lock, lock away, lock in, lock up, put away, shut away, shut up
place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape
lock in, seal in
close with or as if with a tight seal
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hold back, keep, keep back, restrain
keep under control; keep in check

v close in; "darkness confined him"

enclose, hold in
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border, bound
form the boundary of; be contiguous to
enclose with banks, as for support or protection
rail, rail in
enclose with rails
box in, box up
enclose or confine as if in a box
enclose in a frame, as of a picture
form the edge of
border on; come close to
serve as a shore to
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bear, carry, contain, hold
contain or hold; have within

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