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tr.v. con·fined, con·fin·ing, con·fines
1. To keep within bounds; restrict: Please confine your remarks to the issues at hand. See Synonyms at limit.
2. To shut or keep in, especially to imprison.
3. To restrict in movement: The sick child was confined to bed.
[French confiner, from Old French, from confins, boundaries; see confines.]
con·fin′a·ble, con·fine′a·ble adj.
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