Meaning of confine

con•fine

Pronunciation: (kun-fīn' for 1, 2, 5, 6 kon'fīn for 3, 4), [key]
— v., n. -fined, -fin•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to enclose within bounds; limit or restrict: She confined her remarks to errors in the report. Confine your efforts to finishing the book.
  2. to shut or keep in; prevent from leaving a place because of imprisonment, illness, discipline, etc.: For that offense he was confined to quarters for 30 days.
—n.
  1. Usually,a boundary or bound; limit; border; frontier.
  2. Often,region; territory.
  3. confinement.
  4. a place of confinement; prison.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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