Definition of restrain :
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.
2. To draw back toghtly, as a rein.
3. To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge.
4. To limit; to confine; to restrict.
5. To withhold; to forbear.
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hinder (part of speech: verb)
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limit (part of speech: verb)
dissuade (part of speech: verb)
moderate (part of speech: verb)
restrain (part of speech: verb)
prohibit (part of speech: verb)
- The excited Kaed could no longer restrain himself. - "Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846", James Richardson.
- He had been told that he had better restrain himself from writing to Mary, and he had restrained himself. - "The Duke's Children", Anthony Trollope.
- It was quite as necessary that she should restrain herself before her son as before all those others who had gazed at her in court. - "Orley Farm", Anthony Trollope.