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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)


Overview of adj restrained

The adj restrained has 5 senses? (first 2 from tagged texts)
1. (2) restrained, reticent, unemotional

(cool and formal in manner)

2. (1) restrained

(under restraint)

3. moderate, restrained

(marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; "moderate in his demands"; "restrained in his response")

4. quiet, restrained

(not showy or obtrusive; "clothes in quiet good taste")

5. guarded, restrained

(prudent; "guarded optimism")

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