- To restrain is defined as to hold back or keep under control.
An example of restrain is someone being put in handcuffs.
- 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 of restrainMiddle English restreinen ; from Old French restreindre ; from Classical Latin restringere ; from re-, back + stringere, to draw tight: see strict
transitive verbre·strained, re·strain·ing, re·strains
- a. To hold back or keep in check; control: was able restrain his emotions.b. To prevent (a person or group) from doing something or acting in a certain way: She was restrained from selling the house by her fond memories.
- To hold, fasten, or secure so as to prevent or limit movement: hair restrained by a bandana; a child restrained by a seat belt.
Origin of restrainMiddle English restreinen, from Old French restraindre, restreign-, from Latin restringere, to bind back; see restrict.
(third-person singular simple present restrains, present participle restraining, simple past and past participle restrained)