Definitions of restrain

  1. place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. to compel or deter by or as if by threats Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. To draw back again; to hold back from acting, proceeding, or advancing, either by physical or moral force, or by any interposing obstacle; to repress or suppress; to keep down; to curb. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To draw back toghtly, as a rein. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To limit; to confine; to restrict. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To withhold; to forbear. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To check; to hold back; as, to restrain one's feelings; to limit; set bounds to; as, to restrain a people's liberty. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Restrainer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. To hold back: to check: to hinder: to limit. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. To hold back; hinder; check. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. To repress; hinder; restrict. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To hold back or eneck; to repress; to hinder; to abridge; to withhold. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. To hold back; to bind fast; to curb; to repress; to limit; to abridge. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. r[=e]-str[=a]n', v.t. to hold back: to check: to withhold, to forbid: to hinder: to limit.--adj. RESTRAIN'ABLE, capable of being restrained.--adv. RESTRAIN'EDLY.--n. RESTRAIN'ER (phot.), a chemical used to retard the act of the developer in an overexposed plate, &c.--p.adj. RESTRAIN'ING.--ns. RESTRAIN'MENT; RESTRAINT', act of restraining: state of being restrained: want of liberty: limitation: hinderance: reserve; RESTRAINT'-BED, -CHAIR, used for the insane. [O. Fr. restraindre--L. restring[)e]re, restrictum--re-, back, string[)e]re, to draw tightly.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. Check or hold in from, keep in check or under control or within bounds, repress, keep down; confine, imprison. Hence restrainable a., restrainedly adv. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  19. Strain again. Concise Oxford Dictionary