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confine

verb uk   us   /kənˈfaɪn/
C2 [T] to limit an activity, person, or problem in some way: Let's confine our discussion to the matter in question, please! Please confine your use of the phone to business calls. By closing the infected farms we're hoping to confine the disease to the north of the region (= stop it from spreading to other areas).C2 [T usually passive] to keep someone closed in a place, often by force: The hostages had been confined for so long that they couldn't cope with the outside world.be confined to somewhere/sth to exist only in a particular area or group of people: We know that the illness is not confined to any one group in society. This attitude seems to be confined to the upper classes.
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