In war, for instance, we certainly mean to confine our aspirations for life to ourselves and our allies.
It is naïve to imagine that a militarized police will confine itself to surgical strikes in crime-ridden areas.
These questions simply will not confine themselves to quiet rooms.
He wished to confine himself to facts, however, which not all journalists do.
We must, however, confine ourselves to the South American portion of the range.
I shall force every one to confine himself within the bounds of right.
But, of course, the new almoner did not confine his gifts to those of his own faith.
I told them that, though they could confine my body and shut that up, yet they could not stop the Word of life.
But the writer does not confine his condemnation to one side.
I shall say nothing about what I saw in his tent, and confine myself to last night and this morning.
c.1400, "boundary, limit" (usually as confines), from Old French confins "boundaries," from Medieval Latin confines, from Latin confinium (plural confinia) "boundary, limit," from confine, neuter of confinis "bordering on, having the same boundaries," from com- "with" (see com-) + finis "an end" (see finish (n.)).
1520s, "to border on," from Middle French confiner, from confins (n.); see confine (n.). Sense of "keeping within limits" is from 1590s. Related: Confined; confining.