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Restrain Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    restrain v
  1. keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool" [syn: suppress, 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" [syn: restrict, 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" [syn: confine, hold]
  4. hold back [syn: encumber, cumber, constrain]
  5. to compel or deter by or as if by threats [syn: intimidate]
Restrain Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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. Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature Gives way to in repose! --Shak.
  2. To draw back toghtly, as a rein. [Obs.] --Shak.
  3. To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge. Though they two were committed, at least restrained of their liberty. --Clarendon.
  4. To limit; to confine; to restrict. --Trench.

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  • Restraining Acts 1775: Association, a second restraining act was passed to include the colonies of Pennsylvania , New Jersey , Virginia , Maryland and South Carolina . ...
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'Restrain' example sentence in quotations


* It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace. - Andr Gide

* Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe, but to find out what he has to do and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension. - Johann von Goethe

* Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained. - William Blake


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Restrain Sample Sentences in News


  • Doctor helps restrain passenger accused of trying to open door midflight
    An orthopedic doctor from California was one of several passengers who helped restrain a man Sunday who authorities say rushed past flight attendants in an attempt to open the exit door of a plane flying from Chicago to Sacramento. Read more on this news related to 'Restrain'
  • Passengers restrain man trying to open door on Southwest flight
    A flight bound for Sacramento was forced to make an emergency landing in Omaha after witnesses say a passenger tried to open the door midair. Read more on this news related to 'Restrain'
  • Restrain yourself, judge tells laughing Nel
    The judge sternly instructed prosecutor Gerrie Nel to restrain himself after he laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius, but then went right back to trying to pick holes in his testimony. Read more on this news related to 'Restrain'

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