confine

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Confine is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Verb[change]

Plain form
confine

Third-person singular
confines

Past tense
confined

Past participle
confined

Present participle
confining

  1. (transitive) If you confine someone or something to a particular topic or activity, you do not let them do other topics or activities.
    Humphrey did not confine his activities just to the factory.
    Her relatively short life was largely confined to Copenhagen.
  2. (transitive) If you confine somebody or something, you put them in a place that they cannot leave.
    For the first twenty years he was confined in prison-like conditions.
    The disease was confined to a small area within the Camperdown district.

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