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Overview of verb restrain

The verb restrain has 5 senses? (first 4 from tagged texts)
1. (11) restrain, keep, keep back, hold back

(keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool")

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

(place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends")

3. (1) restrain, confine, hold

(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")

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

(hold back)

5. intimidate, restrain

(to compel or deter by or as if by threats) © 2001-2013, Demand Media, all rights reserved. The database is based on Word Net a lexical database for the English language. see disclaimer
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