Definitions of restrain

  1. 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
  2. To draw back toghtly, as a rein. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To limit; to confine; to restrict. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To withhold; to forbear. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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.
  7. To hold back: to check: to hinder: to limit. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To hold back; hinder; check. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To repress; hinder; restrict. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Restrainer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for restrain

  1. I couldn't for the life of me restrain my emotion; tears started to my eyes. – Weird Tales. Vol. I by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  2. They had consented to retire in the beginning solely because they were assured that such was the will of their Father- as they affectionately call their sovereign; but reinforcements were now joining them daily from the interior, and the skirmishes which had occurred had so inflamed their spirits, that it seemed impossible to restrain them much longer. – The History of Napoleon Buonaparte by John Gibson Lockhart