confine Can I use " confine" in this sentence: That idea is only confined to the UK. Is that thought confined to the Spanish? Thanks
Aug 19, 2014 1:01 PM
Answers · 1
I understand your meaning, so you can use it that way -- but it sounds a little strange. "Confine" is usually used in the context of "enclosing / locking up," like a criminal put in prison. It's commonly used figuratively -- so you could also say "right now the disease is confined to the northern region." Ideas and thoughts, however, aren't really something that can be enclosed in a room or an area. You might try "limited to" or "prevalent among" instead.
August 19, 2014
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