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Synonyms for restrain

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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.

    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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  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

Princeton's WordNet

  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

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. 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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. restrainverb

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "restrain":

    restrict, limit, curb, contain

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How to use restrain in a sentence?

  1. Thomas Jefferson:

    A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.

  2. Henri-Frédéric Amiel:

    Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    ...Enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man, acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter - with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more... a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.


    Most men act real stupid trying to restrain the emotions of an emotionally strong and tenacious woman. They often find themselves in an -emotional quick sand- the more they wiggle, the deeper they sink-after someone dies of course! what stupidity!

  5. Van Jackson:

    Kim believes he doesn't need to compromise to get what he wants, doesn't need to conduct serious negotiations at the working level because he has recourse to Trump, and doesn't need to restrain any of his missile testing or actions abroad as long as he doesn't test an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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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