English Synonyms and Antonyms
To restrain is to hold back from acting, proceeding, or advancing, either by physical or moral force. Constrain is positive; restrain is negative; one is constrained to an action; he is restrained from an action. Constrain refers almost exclusively to moral force, restrain frequently to physical force, as when we speak of putting one under restraint. To restrain an action is to hold it partially or wholly in check, so that it is under pressure even while it acts; to restrict an action is to fix a limit or boundary which it may not pass, but within which it is free. To repress, literally to press back, is to hold in check, and perhaps only temporarily, that which is still very active; it is a feebler word than restrain; to suppress is finally and effectually to put down; suppress is a much stronger word than restrain; as, to suppress a rebellion. Compare ARREST; BIND; KEEP.
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restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttleverb
place limits on (extent or access)
"restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
spring, strangle, snare, intimidate, rebound, qualify, ricochet, choke, throttle, circumscribe, hold back, fix, trammel, entrap, take a hop, hold in, determine, encumber, define, specify, border, strangulate, keep, reverberate, recoil, cumber, curb, constrain, hold, ensnare, bounce, leap, restrain, restrict, jump, bound, curtail, detain, trap, resile, limit, keep back, cut back, set, enclose
limit, circumscribe, confineverb
restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
prevent from leaving or from being removed
enclose, hold in, confineverb
close in; darkness enclosed him"
curb, wrap, hold in, enwrap, trammel, restrain, hold back, control, bound, moderate, enfold, stick in, put in, hold, restrict, check, conceal, insert, circumscribe, enclose, shut in, limit, envelop, detain, introduce, inclose, close in, throttle, contain
deprive of freedom; take into confinement
restrain, confine, holdverb
to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
"This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
accommodate, book, support, intimidate, retain, hold in, throttle, circumscribe, apply, hold back, harbour, defend, take hold, restrict, deem, hold up, arrest, guard, take, have, concord, trammel, check, make, take for, go for, encumber, throw, defy, control, harbor, halt, keep, obligate, cumber, carry, give, adjudge, entertain, nurse, oblige, constrain, curb, hold, moderate, bind, have got, restrain, declare, withstand, view as, bound, detain, contain, concur, maintain, limit, keep back, sustain, prevail, reserve, admit, obtain, enclose, agree, bear
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How to use confine in a sentence?
Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.
To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.
Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.
That is driving the space. It means we can't confine our business model to finding a new chemical entity, we need branded and generic drugs, medical devices and diagnostic capabilities.
I have told states to not confine only to Maggi, but extend to other manufacturers of noodles, why should we isolate Nestle? It's not a question of targeting.
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- предел, ограничавам, границиBulgarian
- poutat, omezovat, tísnitCzech
- περιορίζω, περιορισμόςGreek
- raya, confín, confinarSpanish
- rajata, rajoittaa, rajaFinnish
- confiner, limiteFrench
- v.감금하다 n.감금Korean
- whakatina, whakatikiMāori
- inperken, beperken, begrenzen, limietDutch
- confinar, confimPortuguese
- предел, ограничивать, граница, ограничить, лимитRussian
- begränsa, inskränkaSwedish
- పరిమితము, పరిమితము చేయు, నిర్బంధించుTelugu
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