The confines of a situation, system, or activity are the limits or restrictions it involves. away from the confines of the British class system I can't stand the confines of this marriage. = constraints
prevent from leaving or from being removed deprive of freedom; take into confinement
place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
If you confine yourself or your activities to something, you do only that thing and are involved with nothing else. He did not confine himself to the one language His genius was not confined to the decoration of buildings. = limit, restrict
Something that is within the confines of an area or place is within the boundaries enclosing it. The movie is set entirely within the confines of the abandoned factory
to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This 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"
If someone is confined to a mental institution, prison, or other place, they are sent there and are not allowed to leave for a period of time. The woman will be confined to a mental institution
To have a common boundary; to border; to lie contiguous; to touch; followed by on or with
con·fine confines confining confined The verb is pronounced The noun confines is pronounced1. To confine something to a particular place or group means to prevent it from spreading beyond that place or group. Health officials have successfully confined the epidemic to the Tabatinga area The US will soon be taking steps to confine the conflict. = restrict
If something is confined to a particular place, it exists only in that place. If it is confined to a particular group, only members of that group have it. The problem is not confined to Germany These dangers are not confined to smokers. = restricted
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