Restrain Definition

restrained, restraining, restrains
restrained, restraining, restrains
To hold back from action; check; suppress; curb.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To keep under control.
Webster's New World
To hold, fasten, or secure so as to prevent or limit movement.
Hair restrained by a bandana; a child restrained by a seat belt.
American Heritage
To deprive of physical liberty, as by shackling, arresting, etc.
Webster's New World

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

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