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1. restrain

verb. ['riːˈstreɪn'] keep under control; keep in check.

Synonyms

  • hold in
  • contain
  • curb
  • control
  • check
  • bottle up
  • suppress
  • keep
  • confine
  • moderate
  • inhibit
  • hold
  • keep back

Antonyms

  • untie
  • disconnect
  • disjoin
  • detach

Etymology

  • restraindre (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • restringo (Latin)

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Example sentences of the word restrain


1. Verb, base form
This way you can control his movement and restrain him should he become aggressive again.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
But their limbs may float in microgravity, so astronauts typically restrain their arms and legs.

Quotes containing the word restrain


1. Many a sin has sullied me in body and in soul because I did not restrain my thoughts nor guard my lips: nevertheless it is to Thee, O God of majesty and love, that I turn in my extremity, for Thou art the fount of mercy; to Thee, as quickly as I may, I speed: for Thou alone canst heal me; I take refuge under Thy protection.
- Saint Ambrose

2. Why do they always teach us that it's easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It's the hardest thing in the world--to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.
- Ayn Rand

3. I restrain myself from following orders—especially restraining orders. I’d like to remind my dad that my love is longer than 500 feet.
- Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

2. restrain

verb. ['riːˈstreɪn'] place limits on (extent or access).

Synonyms

  • clamp down
  • cramp
  • control
  • cumber
  • hamper
  • moderate
  • gate
  • tie
  • baffle
  • contain
  • mark off
  • draw the line
  • tighten
  • hold
  • throttle
  • restrict
  • bound
  • hold in
  • strangle
  • check
  • trammel
  • confine
  • halter
  • reduce
  • crack down
  • regulate
  • harness
  • mark out
  • limit
  • constrain
  • tighten up
  • draw a line
  • stiffen
  • encumber
  • inhibit
  • rein
  • rule

Antonyms

  • derestrict
  • unfasten
  • inactivity
  • powerlessness

Etymology

  • restraindre (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • restringo (Latin)

3. restrain

verb. ['riːˈstreɪn'] to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement.

Synonyms

  • fold
  • shackle
  • pound
  • impound
  • ground
  • disable
  • bind
  • incapacitate
  • truss
  • hold
  • pen up
  • pound up
  • confine
  • tie up
  • disenable
  • tie down
  • fetter
  • pinion

Antonyms

  • advantage
  • immoderation
  • intemperate
  • immoderate

Etymology

  • restraindre (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • restringo (Latin)

4. restrain

verb. ['riːˈstreɪn'] hold back.

Synonyms

  • restrict
  • bound
  • curb
  • constrain
  • limit
  • trammel
  • confine
  • encumber
  • bridle
  • cumber
  • clog

Antonyms

  • unrestraint
  • indiscipline
  • intemperance
  • unskillfulness

Etymology

  • restraindre (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • restringo (Latin)

5. restrain

verb. ['riːˈstreɪn'] to compel or deter by or as if by threats.

Synonyms

  • scare off
  • frighten away
  • daunt
  • pall
  • scare
  • scare away
  • intimidate
  • frighten off
  • warn
  • discourage

Antonyms

  • intense
  • juvenile
  • accelerate
  • unstrap

Etymology

  • restraindre (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • restringo (Latin)
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