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    restrain - Dictionary definition and meaning for word restrain

    (verb) keep under control; keep in check
    Synonyms : hold back , keep , keep back
    Example Sentence
    • suppress a smile
    • Keep your temper
    • keep your cool
    (verb) place limits on (extent or access)
    Synonyms : bound , confine , limit , restrict , throttle , trammel
    Example Sentence
    • restrict the use of this parking lot
    • limit the time you can spend with your friends
    (verb) to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
    Synonyms : confine , hold
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    (verb) hold back
    Synonyms : constrain , cumber , encumber
    (verb) to compel or deter by or as if by threats
    Synonyms : intimidate
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