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Synonyms for restrain
rɪˈstreɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. restrain, keep, keep back, hold back(verb)

    keep under control; keep in check

    "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"

    Synonyms:
    intimidate, retain, hold off, throttle, hold back, restrict, hold on, continue, withhold, save, stay fresh, trammel, go along, wait, hold in, stop, encumber, turn back, celebrate, hold open, keep, proceed, cumber, observe, forbear, go on, constrain, hold, conceal, confine, preserve, prevent, arrest, bound, keep open, keep on, maintain, limit, contain, keep back, sustain, check

  2. restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle(verb)

    place limits on (extent or access)

    "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

    Synonyms:
    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, confine, bounce, leap, restrict, jump, bound, curtail, detain, trap, resile, limit, keep back, cut back, set, enclose

  3. restrain, confine, hold(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    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, confine, have got, declare, withstand, view as, bound, detain, contain, concur, maintain, limit, keep back, sustain, prevail, reserve, admit, obtain, enclose, agree, bear

  4. restrain, encumber, cumber, constrain(verb)

    hold back

    Synonyms:
    stiffen, restrict, trammel, constrain, keep, hold back, confine, bound, cumber, hold, tighten, encumber, tighten up, keep back, intimidate, limit, throttle

  5. intimidate, restrain(verb)

    to compel or deter by or as if by threats

    Synonyms:
    restrict, bound, throttle, keep back, limit, constrain, trammel, hold back, confine, keep, encumber, hold, intimidate, cumber

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. restrain

    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.

    Synonyms:
    abridge, bridle, check, circumscribe, confine, constrain, curb, hinder, hold, hold back, hold in, keep, keep back, keep down, keep in, keep under, repress, restrict, suppress, withhold

    Antonyms:
    aid, animate, arouse, emancipate, encourage, excite, free, impel, incite, let loose, release, set free

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. restrain

    Synonyms:
    check, repress, hinder, limit, confine, restrict, withhold, curb, coerce, prohibit, narrow, circumscribe, reduce

    Antonyms:
    promote, advance, urge, incite, aid, liberate, indulge, loose, vent, amplify, enlarge, expand, extend

Editors Contribution

  1. choke back (verb)

    fail to control one’s emotions

    they choked back tears (feelings; anger; disappointment, etc.)

    Submitted by erhnice on July 28, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. restrain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    check, curb, bridle, repress, suppress, withhold, constrain, cramp, interdict, keep, contain, hold back, hold in, keep under

  2. restrain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    hinder, prevent, debar, bar, stop, prohibit

  3. restrain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    limit, confine, restrict, circumscribe

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    restrict, limit, curb, contain

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Translations for restrain

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  • zbavit svobody, provést restrikci, mít pod kontrolou, omezit, oklešťovat, restringovatCzech
  • eingrenzen, behindern, einschränken, abgrenzen, zügeln, begrenzenGerman
  • reprimir, restringir, retenerSpanish
  • hillitä, kukistaa, hallita, rajoittaa, pidättääFinnish
  • retenir, restreindre, réprimerFrench
  • srianScottish Gaelic
  • ridurre, restringere, trattenere, contenere, trattenersi, delimitare, limitare, sorvegliareItalian
  • teneoLatin
  • whakatina, whakaita, of own feelingsMāori
  • beteugelenDutch
  • deter, encarcerar, conter, reprimir, coibir, restringirPortuguese
  • a deține, îngrădi, a ține închis,, împiedica, reține, opri, restrângeRomanian
  • ограничить, задерживать, [[лишать]] [[свобода, ограничивать, сдержать, обуздать, задержать, обуздывать, сдерживать, заключить, [[лишить]] [[свобода, заключатьRussian

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