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Definition of "restrain" []

  • To hold back or keep in check; control: couldn't restrain the tears. (verb-transitive)
  • To hold (a person) back; prevent: restrained them from going. (verb-transitive)
  • To deprive of freedom or liberty. (verb-transitive)
  • To limit or restrict. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "restrain" in a sentence
  • "All that trash coming in from Canada that Michigan politicians have spent years trying to restrain is starting to look like pure gold as a source of alternative energy, Gov."
  • "To begin with, no matter what the secretary says and how many times he says it, many investors and traders are skeptical, either of the Bush's commitment to a strong dollar, or of its ability to do what is necessary to achieve a strong dollar -- namely restrain the U.S. budget deficit."
  • "Think back on King's record not least his sycophantic praise of Gordon Brown prior to 2005 and the failure of both the Bank of England and the Treasury to restrain a kamikaze housing boom supported by sub prime lending and you marvel at his remarkable powers of survival."