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Definitions and Synonyms of restrain | Another word for restrain | What is restrain?

Definition 1: prevent the action or expression of - [verb of change]

Samples where restrain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hold back your anger
  • keep your cool
  • she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays

Synonyms for restrain in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of restrain ) keep from exhaling or expelling

"hold your breath"

(... is a kind of restrain ) keep back by blinking

"blink away tears"

(... is a kind of restrain ) keep in check

"rule one's temper"

(... is a kind of restrain ) restrain the emission of (sound, fluid, etc.)

(... is a kind of restrain ) keep from expressing

"I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"

(... is a kind of restrain ) prevent from leaving or from being removed

(... is a kind of restrain ) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

"moderate your alcohol intake" "hold your tongue" "hold your temper" "control your anger"

Definition 2: to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement - [verb of contact]

Samples where restrain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for restrain in the sense of this definition

(restrain is a kind of ...) make unable to perform a certain action

"disable this command on your computer"

(... is a kind of restrain ) secure with or as if with ropes

"tie down the prisoners" "tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"

(... is a kind of restrain ) restrain with fetters

(... is a kind of restrain ) restrain or bind with chains

(... is a kind of restrain ) bind the arms of

(... is a kind of restrain ) place or shut up in a pound

"pound the cows so they don't stray"

(... is a kind of restrain ) shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits

"The prisoners are safely pounded"

(... is a kind of restrain ) confine in a fold, like sheep

(... is a kind of restrain ) confine or restrict to the ground

"After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot"

Definition 3: restrict (someone or something) so as to make free movement difficult - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for restrain in the sense of this definition

(restrain is a kind of ...) place limits on (extent or amount or access)

"restrict the use of this parking lot" "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

(... is a kind of restrain ) put a bridle on

"bridle horses"

(... is a kind of restrain ) keep to the curb

"curb your dogs"

(... is a kind of restrain ) impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden

"horses were clogged until they were tamed"

Samples where restrain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • security guards restrained the reporter from throwing another shoe

(restrain is a kind of ...) stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

"We must prevent the cancer from spreading" "His snoring kept me from falling asleep" "Keep the child from eating the marbles"

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