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confine (verb) limit; restrict (a person's movement, etc.); unable to move (from bed, etc.).
When a person confines themselves to doing something, they do just that and nothing more; they limit themselves to it. An accountant confines themselves to maintaining accounts, when they just maintain accounts only and does not attend to correspondence, etc.. When you confine someone in a room, you do not allow them to move out of the room. 'The kidnappers confined the boy in a small, narrow room for three days.' That is, they did not allow him to move out of the room. A sick person is confined to bed if they spend all the time in bed, unable to move about. An invalid or a physically challenged person is confined to a wheelchair.
- In his lecture on English literature, the professor confined himself to the trends and themes of the 20th century English literature in America. The time he had was just enough for that.
- The police confined the suspect for three days in the lock up, but finding nothing that suggested his involvement in the crime set him free.