2 place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends" [syn: restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, throttle]
3 prevent from leaving or from being removed
6 to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom" [syn: restrain, hold]
To restrict; to keep within bounds; to shut or keep in a limited space or area
- (in plural confines) Limits.
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