AskDefine | Define restrain

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1 keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool" [syn: suppress, keep, keep back, hold back]
2 place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends" [syn: restrict, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle]
3 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" [syn: confine, hold]
4 hold back [syn: encumber, cumber, constrain]
5 to compel or deter by or as if by threats [syn: intimidate]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. to control or keep in check
  2. to deprive of liberty
  3. to restrict or limit

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