transitive verb Etymology: Middle English restraynen, from Anglo-French restreindre, from Latin restringere to restrain, restrict, from re- + stringere to bind tight — more at strain Date: 14th century 1. a. to prevent from doing, exhibiting, or expressing something <
restrained the child from jumping
b. to limit, restrict, or keep under control <
try to restrain your anger
2. to moderate or limit the force, effect, development, or full exercise of <
restrain trade
3. to deprive of liberty; especially to place under arrest or restraint • restrainable adjectiverestrainer noun Synonyms: restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something. restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes <
restrained themselves from laughing
. check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus <
trying to check government spending
. curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking <
learn to curb your appetite
. bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in <
bridle an impulse to throw the book down

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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