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Confine, vb., 1) to shut up: “she did c. thee into a cloven pine,” Tp. I, 2, 274. Tp. I, 2, 274 V, 7. John V, 7, 47. H4B IV, 4, 119. H4B IV, 4, 119. Epil. H4B IV, 4, 119 Cor. IV, 6, 86. Mcb. III, 4, 24. Hml. I, 5, 11. Ant. V, 1, 53. Refl. “you c. yourself most unreasonably,” Cor. I, 3, 84. “c. yourself but in a patient list,” Oth. IV, 1, 76.
2) to bound, to limit: “my verse to constancy --d, one thing expressing,” Sonn. 105, 7. “a god in love, to whom I am --d,” 110, 12. “supposed as forfeit to a --d doom,” 107, 4 (i. e. to mortality). “whose honour cannot be measured or --d,” Tp. V, 122. “thy --ing shores,” John II, 338. “keep the wild flood --d,” H4B I, 1, 154. H5 V, 2, 295. Troil. II, 3, 260. III, 2, 89. Lr. I, 2, 25. IV, 1, 77. Refl.: “you must c. yourself within the modest limits of order,” Tw. I, 3, 8.
3) to restrain to or from a certain place or space, to assign the abode for: I must be here --d by you, or sent to Naples, Tp. Epil. Tw. I, 3, 8 “from our free person she should be --d,” Wint. II, 1, 194. “to c. yourself to Asher-house,” H8 III, 2, 230. “to England send him, or c. him where your wisdom best shall think,” Hml. III, 1, 194. cf. I, 5, 11.
4) to state with precision, to limit exactly: “acquitted by a true substantial form and present execution of our wills to us and to our purposes --d,” H4B IV, 1, 175 (most M. Edd. consigned). “this tablet lay upon his breast, wherein our pleasure his full fortune doth c.” Cymb. V, 4, 110.
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