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Middle English restreinen from Old French restraindre restreign- from Latin restringere to bind back restrict
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Middle French restraindre, from Latin rÄ“stringō (“fasten, tighten")
The acts were directed to restrain the lending of money at usurious rates.
Melanchthon felt himself powerless to restrain the tumult.
It is a sad story, but if you will try to restrain your tears I will tell you about it.
Princess Mary could no longer restrain herself and wept while she gazed at his face.
Nasty bitches like me eat them alive, but in your case I'll try to restrain myself.
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