Restrain Re*strain", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Restrained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Restraining}.] [OE. restreinen, F. restreindre, fr. L. restringere, restrictum; pref. re- re- + stringere to draw, bind, or press together. See {Strain}, v. t., and cf. {Restrict}.] 1. To draw back again; to hold back from acting, proceeding, or advancing, either by physical or moral force, or by any interposing obstacle; to repress or suppress; to keep down; to curb. [1913 Webster]

Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature Gives way to in repose! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To draw back toghtly, as a rein. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge. [1913 Webster]

Though they two were committed, at least restrained of their liberty. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

4. To limit; to confine; to restrict. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

Not only a metaphysical or natural, but a moral, universality also is to be restrained by a part of the predicate. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

5. To withhold; to forbear. [1913 Webster]

Thou restrained prayer before God. --Job. xv. 4. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To check; hinder; stop; withhold; repress; curb; suppress; coerce; restrict; limit; confine. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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