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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 (someone or something) within (something)

To restrict a person or animal to a particular place or area. Don't worry, I confined the baby within her playpen. Maddy is scared of dogs, so we need to confine Fido within the backyard.
See also: confine, within

confine someone or an animal to something

to limit someone or an animal to a particular place; to imprison someone or an animal in a particular place. Would you please confine the dog to the basement? She confined herself to the small room for over a year because of her fear of crowds.
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confine (someone or an animal) within something

to contain someone or an animal within something. We were unable to confine the dog within the yard. Could you confine all your car-repair mess within the garage?
See also: confine, within

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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So the reduced confining pressure in a square section due to the concentration of stresses at the corners is solved by using a square section with circular corners.
Kobayashi was previously convicted in 2003 and given a three-year prison term, suspended for five years with probationary supervision, for confining and injuring a woman in her 20s in Ebetsu, Hokkaido, in September 2001.
Influence of confining pressure and cyclic deviator stress on liquefaction based on reconstituted samples between natural sand and caolinite clay.
Relationship between confining pressure, number of cyclic stress and cyclic deviator stress parameter on every sample.
Before the 1930s, officials argued that to reform the rudimentary system of confining dangerous lunatics would impose European standards on native customs.
Kobayashi had submitted a notification of marriage with the woman against her will while he was confining her, they said.
The court denied qualified immunity to prison officials, finding that no objectively reasonable person in their position could have believed that he or she was not violating the prisoner's constitutional rights by confining the prisoner in administrative segregation for 514 days without the hearing required by the prison regulation.
Small changes in the strength or geometry of the confining, electromagnetic field or in the wavelength or intensify of the laser beams responsible for cooling the ions to less than a degree above absolute zero (SN: 7/23/88, p.
The results demonstrate the delicate interplay of the repulsive electrical forces between the ions, the confining electromagnetic field and the effects of the cooling laser beams, which leads to chaos.
A traffic offender sued a county to recover for alleged violation of his civil rights based upon a sheriffs policy of confining all manner of arrestees, including those with prior felony records, in one large cell.
A traffic offender sued a county to recover for alleged violation of his civil rights based upon a sheriff's policy of confining all manner of arrestees, including those with prior felony records, in one large cell.