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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


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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