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  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.

    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

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

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  1. restrain

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

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

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  1. restrain, keep, keep back, hold backverb

    keep under control; keep in check

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

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

  3. 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, 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, constrainverb

    hold back

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

  5. intimidate, restrainverb

    to compel or deter by or as if by threats

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

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  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  

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  1. restrainverb

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

  2. restrainverb

    hinder, prevent, debar, bar, stop, prohibit

  3. restrainverb

    limit, confine, restrict, circumscribe

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  1. restrainverb

    repress, suppress, check, bridle, curb, constrain, abridge, circumscribe, limit, restrict, narrow, withhold, forbear, debar, prevent, interdict, prohibit

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  1. List of paraphrases for "restrain":

    restrict, limit, curb, contain

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How to use restrain in a sentence?

  1. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.

  2. Homer:

    Do thou restrain the haughty spirit in thy breast, for better far is gentle courtesy.

  3. William Blake:

    Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.

  4. Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein:

    I further call on the council to do everything within its power to help restrain the use of force by all parties and to urge all sides to abide by the basic principles of international humanitarian law.

  5. Wu Zhongmin:

    They must know that 'heaven sees all', but they can't restrain themselves.

Translations for restrain

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  • zbavit svobody, oklešťovat, mít pod kontrolou, omezit, restringovat, provést restrikciCzech
  • abgrenzen, eingrenzen, zügeln, begrenzen, einschränken, behindernGerman
  • restringir, reprimir, retenerSpanish
  • pidättää, rajoittaa, hallita, kukistaa, hillitäFinnish
  • restreindre, retenir, réprimerFrench
  • srianScottish Gaelic
  • trattenere, sorvegliare, trattenersi, ridurre, limitare, restringere, contenere, delimitareItalian
  • teneoLatin
  • of own feelings, whakatina, whakaitaMāori
  • beteugelenDutch
  • coibir, reprimir, restringir, conter, deter, encarcerarPortuguese
  • opri, a deține, îngrădi, restrânge, a ține închis,, împiedica, rețineRomanian
  • задержать, обуздать, сдержать, обуздывать, заключить, ограничивать, [[лишать]] [[свобода, [[лишить]] [[свобода, задерживать, сдерживать, заключать, ограничитьRussian

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