confine (someone or something) to (someone or something)

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confine (someone or something) to (someone or something)

1. To restrict a person or animal to a particular place or area. Don't worry, the baby is confined to her playpen right now. Maddy is scared of dogs, so we need to confine Fido to the backyard.
2. To restrict something to a particular person or thing; to limit the scope of something. We need to confine our investigation to the area around the park for now. Please confine your requests to the essentials, so as to not overwhelm the staff.
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confine something to someone or something

to limit something or the doing of something to a person or a thing. Please try to confine your comments to John. Can we confine tonight's discussion to the agenda?
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This lizard, instead of being found like the other on all the islands, is confined to the central part of the archipelago, namely to Albemarle, James, Barrington, and Indefatigable islands.
Of the flowering plants, 100 are new species, and are probably confined to this archipelago.
The peculiarity of the Galapageian Flora is best shown in certain families; -- thus there are 21 species of Compositae, of which 20 are peculiar to this archipelago; these belong to twelve genera, and of these genera no less than ten are confined to the archipelago
Unfortunately most of the specimens of the finch tribe were mingled together; but I have strong reasons to suspect that some of the species of the sub-group Geospiza are confined to separate islands.
Hence we have the truly wonderful fact, that in James Island, of the thirty-eight Galapageian plants, or those found in no other part of the world, thirty are exclusively confined to this one island; and in Albemarle Island, of the twenty- six aboriginal Galapageian plants, twenty-two are confined to this one island, that is, only four are at present known to grow in the other islands of the archipelago; and so on, as shown in the above table, with the plants from Chatham and Charles Islands.
1] The progress of research has shown that some of these birds, which were then thought to be confined to the islands, occur on the American continent.
As we disapprove of a child's being taught to understand instruments, and to play like a master (which we would have confined to those who are candidates for the prize in that science; for they play not to improve themselves in virtue, but to please those who hear them, and gratify their importunity); therefore we think the practice of it unfit for freemen; but then it should be confined to those who are paid for doing it; for it usually gives people sordid notions, for the end they have in view is bad: for the impertinent spectator is accustomed to make them change their music; so that the artists who attend to him regulate their bodies according to his motions.
Are "the wealthy and the well-born," as they are called, confined to particular spots in the several States?
Hence in animals of this nature, for instance in birds, varieties will generally be confined to separated countries; and this I believe to be the case.
And you will wait on this gentleman, who is confined to his bed by an accident, exactly as you would wait on me if I were ill.
Germaine, while you are so unfortunate as to be confined to this room.
Pickwick was confined to bed, Sam was his constant attendant.
WHY are people confined to wheelchair always described - by many media outlets - as people with "learning difficulties".
SIR - Recently my husband and myself thought it would be nice to take our disabled son, who is confined to a wheelchair, on one of the coach holidays from Cardiff.
1 : to keep within limits <Her study of bears is confined to those in North America.