confine VERB 1) (confine to) restrict (someone or something) within certain limits of (space, scope, or time). 2) (be confined to) be unable to leave (one's bed, home, etc.) due to illness or disability. 3) (be confined) dated (of a woman) remain in bed for a period before, during, and after giving birth.
NOUN (confines) limits or boundaries.
DERIVATIVES confinement noun.
ORIGIN from Latin confinis 'bordering' , from finis 'end, limit' .

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