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English verb: confine

1. confine (change) place limits on (extent or access)


SamplesRestrict the use of this parking lot.
Limit the time you can spend with your friends.


Synonymsbound, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate


Narrower (hyponym)baffle, clamp down, constrain, constrain, crack down, cramp, cumber, draw a line, draw the line, encumber, gate, halter, hamper, harness, inhibit, mark off, mark out, reduce, regulate, rein, restrain, rule, stiffen, strangle, tie, tighten, tighten, tighten up

2. confine (change) restrict or confine,


SamplesI limit you to two visits to the pub a day.


Synonymscircumscribe, limit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify


Narrower (hyponym)cap, content, curb, curtail, cut back, delimit, delimitate, demarcate, hold down, keep down, number, ration, restrict

3. confine (contact) prevent from leaving or from being removed


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)hold back, keep, keep back, restrain


Narrower (hyponym)cabin, closet, coop in, coop up, lock, lock away, lock in, lock in, lock up, put away, seal in, shut away, shut up

4. confine (stative) close in


SamplesDarkness enclosed him.


Synonymsenclose, hold in


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bear, carry, contain, hold


Narrower (hyponym)border, bound, box in, box up, embank, frame, rail, rail in

5. confine (social) deprive of freedom; take into confinement


ExamplesThey want to confine the prisoners


Synonymsdetain


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)bind over, cage, cage in, gaol, immure, imprison, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, keep, keep in, lag, pin down, put away, put behind bars, remand, straiten, trap


Antonymsfree, loose, unloose, unloosen, liberate, release

6. confine (contact) to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement


SamplesThis 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.


ExamplesThey want to confine the prisoners


Synonymshold, restrain


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disable, disenable, incapacitate


Narrower (hyponym)bind, enchain, fetter, fold, ground, impound, pen up, pinion, pound, pound, pound up, shackle, shackle, tie down, tie up, truss









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