If you're dealing with confinement to a jail cell, or your classroom, or the broom closet, you're stuck there and you can't leave. Confinement means you're being held and you can't move freely.

Confinement doesn't have to be punishment. If you've got a contagious disease, your doctor may recommend confinement to your hospital room. Puppies sometimes prefer confinement in a crate to sleeping in an open room. You may also come across an old-fashioned use of the word confinement, referring to a woman in childbirth, which goes back to when women retired to their rooms to give birth and recuperate. Confinement contains the Latin root finis, "end, limit” — confinement certainly is limiting.

Definitions of confinement
  1. noun
    the state of being confined
    “he was held in confinement
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    constraint, restraint
    the state of being physically constrained
    captivity, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration
    the state of being imprisoned
    custody, detainment, detention, hold
    a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
    solitary, solitary confinement
    confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners
    something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement
    imprisonment (especially for a long time)
    life imprisonment
    a sentence of imprisonment until death
    confinement during wartime
    type of:
    subjection, subjugation
    forced submission to control by others
  2. noun
    the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary)
    synonyms: restriction
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    restriction imposed by the government on documents or weapons that are available only to certain authorized people
    specification, stipulation
    a restriction that is insisted upon as a condition for an agreement
    the act of circumscribing
    the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others
    swaddling clothes
    restrictions placed on the immature
    type of:
    the act of controlling by restraining someone or something
  3. noun
    the act of restraining a person's liberty by confining them
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    imprisonment, internment
    the act of confining someone in a prison (or as if in a prison)
    house arrest
    confinement to your own home
    commitment, committal, consignment
    the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital)
    the act of confining prisoners to their cells (usually to regain control during a riot)
    false imprisonment
    (law) confinement without legal authority
    holding by the police
    type of:
    the act of controlling by restraining someone or something
  4. noun
    concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
    synonyms: childbed, labor, labour, lying-in, parturiency, travail
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    premature labor, premature labour
    labor beginning prior to the 37th week of gestation
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    birth, birthing, giving birth, parturition
    the process of giving birth
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