- To restrain is defined as to hold back or keep under control.
An example of restrain is someone being put in handcuffs.
restrain definition by Webster's New World
- to hold back from action; check; suppress; curb
- to keep under control
- to deprive of physical liberty, as by shackling, arresting, etc.
- to limit; restrict
Origin: Middle English restreinen ; from Old French restreindre ; from Classical Latin restringere ; from re-, back plush stringere, to draw tight: see strict
restrain definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb re·strained, re·strain·ing, re·strains
- a. To hold back or keep in check; control: couldn't restrain the tears.b. To hold (a person) back; prevent: restrained them from going.
- To deprive of freedom or liberty.
- To limit or restrict.
Origin: Middle English restreinen, from Old French restraindre, restreign-, from Latin restringere, to bind back; see restrict.
- re·strainˈa·ble adjective
- re·strainˈed·ly adverb
- re·strainˈer noun