restrain

  • 1 restrain — re·strain /ri strān/ vt 1 a: to prevent from doing something see also restraining order at order 3b b: to limit, restrict, or keep under control 2: to moderate or limit …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 restrain — re‧strain [rɪˈstreɪn] verb [transitive] to control or limit something that is starting to increase: • tough rules to restrain the creation of monopolies • A cut in consumer credit would restrain an economic recovery. * * * restrain UK US… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 restrain — restrain, curb, check, bridle, inhibit are comparable when they mean to hold a person or thing back from doing something or from going too far in doing something. Restrain, the most comprehensive of these terms, may imply the intent either to… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 restrain — [ri strān′] vt. [ME restreinen < OFr restreindre < L restringere < re , back + stringere, to draw tight: see STRICT] 1. to hold back from action; check; suppress; curb 2. to keep under control 3. to deprive of physical liberty, as by… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Restrain — Re*strain , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Restrained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Restraining}.] [OE. restreinen, F. restreindre, fr. L. restringere, restrictum; pref. re re + stringere to draw, bind, or press together. See {Strain}, v. t., and cf. {Restrict}.] 1.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 restrain — (v.) mid 14c., from stem of O.Fr. restraindre, from L. restringere draw back tightly, confine, check (see RESTRICTION (Cf. restriction)). Related: Restrained; restraining …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 restrain — [v] keep under control; hold back arrest, bind, bottle up, box up, bridle, chain, check, choke back, circumscribe, confine, constrain, contain, control, cool*, cork*, crack down*, curb, curtail, debar, delimit, detain, deter, direct, fetter, gag …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 restrain — ► VERB 1) keep under control or within limits. 2) deprive of freedom of movement or personal liberty. 3) repress (a strong emotion). DERIVATIVES restrainable adjective restrainer noun. ORIGIN Latin restringere tie back …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 restrain — [[t]rɪstre͟ɪn[/t]] restrains, restraining, restrained 1) VERB If you restrain someone, you stop them from doing what they intended or wanted to do, usually by using your physical strength. [V n] Wally gripped my arm, partly to restrain me and… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 restrain — verb ADVERB ▪ barely ▪ I barely restrained myself from hitting him. ▪ properly ▪ The horse must be properly restrained in a location where it would not hurt itself. ▪ forcibly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 restrain — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English restraynen, from Anglo French restreindre, from Latin restringere to restrain, restrict, from re + stringere to bind tight more at strain Date: 14th century 1. a. to prevent from doing, exhibiting, or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 restrain — 01. Grace grabbed her friend by the arm to [restrain] him after someone tried to start a fight with him in the bar. 02. Police had to [restrain] the victim s family members when the suspect was brought into court. 03. It was hard for her to… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 restrain — re|strain [rıˈstreın] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: restreindre, from Latin restringere, from stringere; STRINGENT] 1.) to stop someone from doing something, often by using physical force restrain sb from doing sth ▪ I had to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 restrain — verb (T) 1 to prevent someone from doing something harmful or stupid: restrain sb from doing sth: I had to restrain her from running out into the street after him. | restrain yourself (from): She could hardly restrain herself from hitting Walt. 2 …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 restrain — v. (D; refl., tr.) to restrain from (to restrain smb. from committing violence) * * * [rɪ streɪn] (D; refl., tr.) to restrain from (to restrain smb. from committing violence) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 restrain */ — UK [rɪˈstreɪn] / US verb [transitive] Word forms restrain : present tense I/you/we/they restrain he/she/it restrains present participle restraining past tense restrained past participle restrained 1) to prevent someone or yourself from doing… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 restrain — restrainable, adj. restrainability, n. restrainingly, adv. /ri strayn /, v.t. 1. to hold back from action; keep in check or under control; repress: to restrain one s temper. 2. to deprive of liberty, as by arrest or the like. 3. to limit or… …

    Universalium

  • 18 restrain — See check, curb, restrain, constrain. See check, curb, restrain, constrain …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 19 restrain — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To hold in check] Syn. check, control, curb, bridle, rein in, inhibit, suppress, keep in, handle, regulate, keep in line, guide, direct, keep down, keep from, repress, harness, muzzle, tether, chain, fetter, keep a rein on,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 restrain — re|strain [ rı streın ] verb transitive * 1. ) to prevent someone or yourself from doing something: Please restrain yourself from coughing during the performance. 2. ) to physically control the movements of a person or animal: The passenger had… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English