What is the meaning of restrain?


  • Keep under control; keep in check.
    • usage: "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
  • Place limits on (extent or access. )
    • usage: "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
  • To close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement.
    • usage: "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"
  • Hold back.
  • To compel or deter by or as if by threats.
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APAWordNet. (2010). restrain. Retrieved February 24, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/restrain/definitions/1306517
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HarvardWordNet 2010, restrain, Smart Define, viewed 24 February, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/restrain/definitions/1306517>.
MLAWordNet. "restrain" 23 October 2010. Web. 24 February 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/restrain/definitions/1306517>
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