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See also: confiné
- (verb) enPR: kənfīnʹ, IPA(key): /kənˈfaɪn/
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- Rhymes: -aɪn
- (obsolete) To have a common boundary with; to border on. [16th–19th c.]
- 1791, James Boswell, Life of Johnson, Oxford 2008, p. 467:
- ‘Why, Sir, to be sure, such parts of Sclavonia as confine with Germany, will borrow German words; and such parts as confine with Tartary will borrow Tartar words.’
- (transitive) To restrict (someone or something) to a particular scope or area; to keep in or within certain bounds. [from 17th c.]
- c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
- Now let not nature's hand / Keep the wild flood confined! let order die!
- 1680, John Dryden, Ovid’s Epistles translated by several hands, London: Jacob Tonson, Preface,
- He is to confine himself to the compass of numbers and the slavery of rhyme.
to restrict; to keep within bounds
detain — see detain
lock up — see lock up
arrest — see arrest
imprison — see imprison
incarcerate — see incarcerate
confine (plural confines)
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
confine m (plural confini)
- first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of confinar
- third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of confinar
- third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of confinar
- third-person singular (você) negative imperative of confinar
- Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of confinar.
- First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of confinar.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of confinar.
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of confinar.