UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/kənˈfaɪn/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/v. kənˈfaɪn; n. ˈkɑnfaɪn/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(kən fīn for 1, 2, 5, 6; konfīn for 3, 4)

Inflections of 'confine' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. confined [him, the child] to his room
  2. confined himself to his [study, office] to [work, finish]
  3. try to confine the [disease, infection, outbreak] (to)
  4. have been confined for [five days]
  5. confine the discussion to...
  6. is not confined to any one...
  7. traditionally women have been confined to [supporting roles, the kitchen, the home]
  8. confine the [research, study] to
  9. confine the [guest, mailing] list to
  10. just confine your [writing, article] to
  11. confined in bed with [the flu, a cold]
  12. was confined to a wheelchair
  13. should not confine ourselves to...
  14. try not to confine yourself to...
  1. from the confines of his [room, office]
  2. [retreated to, hid in, prefers, felt safe in] the confines of his [room]
  3. [outside of, get out of, escape from] the confines of her [room]
  4. the [balcony, terrace] stretched to the confines of the building
  5. spent most of their time within the confines of the [courthouse, library]
  6. within the confines of the law
  7. within the confines of [masculinity, traditional society]

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