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Meaning & Definition of Restrain in English

English

Restrain

/ristren/

verb

1. Keep under control

  • Keep in check
  • "Suppress a smile"
  • "Keep your temper"
  • "Keep your cool"
    synonym:
  • restrain
  • ,
  • keep
  • ,
  • keep back
  • ,
  • hold back

2. Place limits on (extent or access)

  • "Restrict the use of this parking lot"
  • "Limit the time you can spend with your friends"
    synonym:
  • restrict
  • ,
  • restrain
  • ,
  • trammel
  • ,
  • limit
  • ,
  • bound
  • ,
  • confine
  • ,
  • throttle

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • restrain
  • ,
  • confine
  • ,
  • hold

4. Hold back

    synonym:
  • restrain
  • ,
  • encumber
  • ,
  • cumber
  • ,
  • constrain

5. To compel or deter by or as if by threats

    synonym:
  • intimidate
  • ,
  • restrain

Examples of using

It is evident that no one can restrain himself from reading the ballade "Chavayn" by Olyk Ipay.
It was difficult to restrain myself from smothering Tom.
He was so funny at the party that I simply couldn't restrain my laughter.