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Verb: restrain  ri'streyn
  1. To close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement
    - confine, hold, constrain
  2. Restrict (someone or something) so as to make free movement difficult
    - encumber, cumber [archaic]
  3. Prevent (someone or something) from doing something
    "security guards restrained the reporter from throwing another shoe"
  4. Prevent the action or expression of
    "she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays";
    - keep, keep back, hold back

Derived forms: restrained, restraining, restrains

Type of: bound, confine, disable, disenable, incapacitate, keep, limit, prevent, restrict, throttle, trammel

Encyclopedia: Restrain