Restrain definition

rĭ-strān
To keep under control.
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To hold back from action; check; suppress; curb.
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To restrain is defined as to hold back or keep under control.

An example of restrain is someone being put in handcuffs.

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To hold, fasten, or secure so as to prevent or limit movement.

Hair restrained by a bandana; a child restrained by a seat belt.

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To hold back or keep in check; control.

Was able restrain his emotions.

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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.

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To control or keep in check.
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To deprive of physical liberty, as by shackling, arresting, etc.
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To limit; restrict.
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Origin of restrain

  • Middle English restreinen from Old French restraindre restreign- from Latin restringere to bind back restrict

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle French restraindre, from Latin rÄ“stringō (“fasten, tighten")

    From Wiktionary