American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To hold back or keep in check; control: couldn't restrain the tears.
- v. To hold (a person) back; prevent: restrained them from going.
- v. To deprive of freedom or liberty.
- v. To limit or restrict.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw tight; strain.
- To hold back; hold in; check; confine; hold from action or motion, either by physical or moral force, or by any interposing obstacle; hence, to repress or suppress: as, to restrain a horse by a bridle; to restrain men from crimes and trespasses by laws; to restrain, laughter.
- To abridge; restrict; hinder from liberty of action.
- To limit; confine; restrict in definition.
- To withhold; forbear.
- To forbid; prohibit.
- Synonyms Restrain, Repress, Restrict; stop, withhold, curb, bridle, coerce. Restrain and repress are general words for holding or pressing back; restrict applies to holding back to a more definite degree: as, to restrain one's appetite; to restrict one's self in food or to a certain diet. That which we restrain we keep within limits; that which we restrict we keep within certain definite limits; that which we repress we try to put out of existence.
- v. transitive To control or keep in check.
- v. transitive To deprive of liberty.
- v. transitive To restrict or limit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. obsolete To draw back toghtly, as a rein.
- v. To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge.
- v. To limit; to confine; to restrict.
- v. To withhold; to forbear.
- v. hold back
- v. keep under control; keep in check
- v. place limits on (extent or access)
- v. to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
- v. to compel or deter by or as if by threats
- Middle French restraindre, from Latin rēstringō ("fasten, tighten") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English restreinen, from Old French restraindre, restreign-, from Latin restringere, to bind back; see restrict. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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