restrain

Restrain means to hold yourself back, which is exactly what you'd have to do if, after weeks of dieting, you found yourself face to face with a dessert case filled with pies, cakes, and cookies.

Restrain can also mean to restrict or hold back someone else, to prevent someone from doing what they're intending to do. Prison guards have to restrain a prisoner who is trying to attack one of his fellow inmates. That prisoner might even be put in handcuffs — a kind of restraint. You can restrain yourself, for example if you're watching a Broadway show and suddenly feel the urge to sing along. Your fellow audience members would be grateful for your restraint, especially if you've got a terrible voice.

Definitions of restrain
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v hold back

Synonyms:
constrain, cumber, encumber
Types:
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bridle
put a bridle on
curb
keep to the curb
clog
impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden
snaffle
fit or restrain with a snaffle
Type of:
bound, confine, limit, restrict, throttle, trammel
place limits on (extent or access)

v close within bounds, limit, or hold back from movement

Synonyms:
confine, hold
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bind, tie down, tie up, truss
secure with or as if with ropes
fetter, shackle
restrain with fetters
enchain
restrain or bind with chains
pinion, shackle
bind the arms of
impound, pound
place or shut up in a pound
pound, pound up
shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits
fold, pen up
confine in a fold, like sheep
ground
confine or restrict to the ground
chain up
tie up with chains
faggot, faggot up, fagot
bind or tie up in or as if in a faggot
faggot, fagot
fasten together rods of iron in order to heat or weld them
hog-tie
tie together somebody's limbs
cuff, handcuff, manacle
confine or restrain with or as if with manacles or handcuffs
Type of:
disable, disenable, incapacitate
make unable to perform a certain action

v keep under control; keep in check

Synonyms:
hold back, keep, keep back
Types:
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hold
keep from exhaling or expelling
confine
prevent from leaving or from being removed
bottle up, inhibit, suppress
control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
bound, confine, limit, restrict, throttle, trammel
place limits on (extent or access)
conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
to put down by force or authority
damp
restrain or discourage
cabin
confine to a small space, such as a cabin
closet
confine to a small space, as for intensive work
coop in, coop up
confine in or as if in a coop
lock, lock away, lock in, lock up, put away, shut away, shut up
place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape
lock in, seal in
close with or as if with a tight seal
crucify, mortify, subdue
hold within limits and control
abnegate, deny
deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
hold back, keep, keep back
keep under control; keep in check
quench
electronics: suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit, or suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device
choke
check or slow down the action or effect of
restrict
place under restrictions; limit access to
train
cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
catch
check oneself during an action
bate
moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
thermostat
control the temperature with a thermostat
counteract, countercheck
oppose or check by a counteraction
Type of:
bottle up, inhibit, suppress
control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior

v compel or deter by or as if by threats

Synonyms:
intimidate
Types:
dash, daunt, frighten away, frighten off, pall, scare, scare away, scare off
cause to lose courage
Type of:
discourage
deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged

v place limits on (extent or access)

Synonyms:
bound, confine, limit, restrict, throttle, trammel
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reduce, tighten
narrow or limit
tie
limit or restrict to
gate
restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
draw a line, draw the line
reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)
mark off, mark out
set boundaries to and delimit
harness, rein, rule
keep in check
baffle, regulate
check the emission of (sound)
cramp, halter, hamper, strangle
prevent the progress or free movement of
constrain, stiffen, tighten, tighten up
restrict
clamp down, crack down
repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
inhibit
limit the range or extent of
constrain, cumber, encumber
hold back
bridle
put a bridle on
curb
keep to the curb
clog
impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden
Type of:
check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

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