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CONFINE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does confine mean? 

CONFINE (verb)
  The verb CONFINE has 6 senses:

1. restrict or confine,
2. place limits on (extent or access)
3. prevent from leaving or from being removed
4. close in or confine
5. deprive of freedom; take into confinement
6. to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement

  Familiarity information: CONFINE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONFINE (verb)


Sense 1confine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Restrict or confine,

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

confine; limit; circumscribe

Context example:

I limit you to two visits to the pub a day

Hypernyms (to "confine" is one way to...):

decrease; lessen; minify (make smaller)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "confine"):

ration (restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war)

content (satisfy in a limited way)

delimit; delimitate; demarcate (set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something)

curb; curtail; cut back; restrict (place restrictions on)

cap (restrict the number or amount of)

keep down; number (place a limit on the number of)

hold down (restrain)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2confine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place limits on (extent or access)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

limit; throttle; confine; restrain; trammel; bound; restrict

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "confine" is one way to...):

check; contain; control; curb; hold; hold in; moderate (lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "confine"):

reduce; tighten (narrow or limit)

constrain; cumber; encumber; restrain (hold back)

inhibit (limit the range or extent of)

clamp down; crack down (repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable))

constrain; stiffen; tighten; tighten up (restrict)

cramp; halter; hamper; strangle (prevent the progress or free movement of)

baffle; regulate (check the emission of (sound))

harness; rein; rule (keep in check)

mark off; mark out (set boundaries to and delimit)

draw a line; draw the line (reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on))

gate (restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment)

tie (limit or restrict to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3confine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prevent from leaving or from being removed

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "confine" is one way to...):

hold back; keep; keep back; restrain; suppress (keep under control; keep in check)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "confine"):

lock in; seal in (close with or as if with a tight seal)

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)

coop in; coop up (confine in or as if in a coop)

closet (confine to a small space, as for intensive work)

cabin (confine to a small space, such as a cabin)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 4confine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Close in or confine

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

hold in; enclose; confine

Hypernyms (to "confine" is one way to...):

bear; carry; contain; hold (contain or hold; have within)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "confine"):

border; bound (form the boundary of; be contiguous to)

embank (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)

frame (enclose in a frame, as of a picture)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5confine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deprive of freedom; take into confinement

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

detain; confine

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "confine"):

keep in (cause to stay indoors)

trap (place in a confining or embarrassing position)

cage; cage in (confine in a cage)

imprison (confine as if in a prison)

bind over (order a defendant to be placed in custody pending the outcome of a proceedings against him or her)

intern (deprive of freedom)

gaol; immure; imprison; incarcerate; jail; jug; lag; put away; put behind bars; remand (lock up or confine, in or as in a jail)

straiten (squeeze together)

keep (hold and prevent from leaving)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to confine the prisoners

Antonym:

free (grant freedom to; free from confinement)


Sense 6confine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

restrain; hold; confine

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "confine" is one way to...):

disable; disenable; incapacitate (make unable to perform a certain action)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "confine"):

ground (confine or restrict to the ground)

fold; pen up (confine in a fold, like sheep)

pound; pound up (shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits)

impound; pound (place or shut up in a pound)

pinion; shackle (bind the arms of)

enchain (restrain or bind with chains)

fetter; shackle (restrain with fetters)

bind; tie down; tie up; truss (secure with or as if with ropes)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They want to confine the prisoners


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