confine

confine
verb (T)
1 LIMIT to keep someone or something within the limits of a particular activity or subject; restrict: be confined to: The police cadet's duties were confined to taking statements from the crowd. | a former editor now confined to organizing the letter page | confine yourself to sth: We must confine ourselves to the subject at hand.
2 be confined to
a) to affect or happen to only one group of people, or in only one place or time: This disease is not just confined to children.
b) to have to stay in a place, especially because you are ill: an elderly woman confined to a small apartment | confined to bed: I was confined to bed for 10 days with a nasty bout of flu. | confined to a wheelchair (=unable to walk): Although confined to a wheelchair, she is very active in church life.
3 KEEP SB IN A PLACE to keep someone in a place that they cannot leave, such as a prison: confine sb to: Any soldier who leaves his post will be confined to the barracks. | be confined in: He was allegedly confined in a narrow, dark room for two months.
4 STOP SPREADING to stop something bad from spreading to another place: confine sth to sth: Firefighters quickly confined the blaze to the factory floor.
5 STAY IN BED (usually passive) to make someone stay in bed because they are ill: I had flu and was confined to bed.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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