What does restrain mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word restrain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. restrain, keep, keep back, hold backverb

    keep under control; keep in check

    "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"

  2. restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttleverb

    place limits on (extent or access)

    "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

  3. restrain, confine, holdverb

    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"

  4. restrain, encumber, cumber, constrainverb

    hold back

  5. intimidate, restrainverb

    to compel or deter by or as if by threats


  1. restrainverb

    To control or keep in check.

  2. restrainverb

    To deprive of liberty.

  3. restrainverb

    To restrict or limit.

  4. Etymology: restraindre, from restringo

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RESTRAINverb

    Etymology: restreindre, Fr. restringo, Lat.

    If she restrain’d the riots of your followers,
    ’Tis to such wholsome end as clears her. William Shakespeare.

    The gods will plague thee,
    That thou restrain’st from me the duty, which
    To a mother’s part belongs. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The law of nature would be in vain, if there were no body that, in the state of nature, had a power to execute that law, and thereby preserve the innocent and restrain offenders. John Locke.

    That all men may be restrained from doing hurt to one another, the execution of the law of nature is in that state put into every man’s hand, whereby every one has a right to punish the transgressors to such a degree as may hinder its violation. John Locke.

    A heavy summons lies like lead upon me,
    Merciful pow’rs!
    Restrain in me the cursed thoughts, that nature
    Gives way to in repose. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Compassion gave him up to tears
    A space, till firmer thoughts restrain’d excess. John Milton.

    Me of my lawful pleasure she restrain’d,
    And pray’d me oft forbearance. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Though they two were committed, at least restrained of their liberty, yet this discovered too much of the humour of the court. Edward Hyde, b. ii.

    His horse, with a half checked bit, and a headstall of sheep’s leather, which being restrained to keep him from stumbling, hath been often burst, and now repaired with knots. William Shakespeare.

    We restrain it to those only duties, which all men, by force of natural wit, understand to be such duties as concern all men. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 8.

    Upon what ground can a man promise himself a future repentance, who cannot promise himself a futurity? whose life depends upon his breath, and is so restrained to the present, that it cannot secure to itself the reversion of the very next minute. Robert South, Sermons.

    Not only a metaphysical or natural, but a moral universality also is to be restrained by a part of the predicate; as all the Italians are politicians; that is, those among the Italians, who are politicians, are subtle politicians; i. e. they are generally so. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. restrain

    To restrain is to hold back from action, keep in check or under control, or to deprive of liberty or freedom of movement, typically in order to prevent or limit actions or activities. It can also refer to the act of limiting or restricting someone's personal freedom or rights.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Restrainverb

    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

  2. Restrainverb

    to draw back toghtly, as a rein

  3. Restrainverb

    to hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge

  4. Restrainverb

    to limit; to confine; to restrict

  5. Restrainverb

    to withhold; to forbear

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Restrain

    rē-strān′, 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. restringĕre, restrictumre-, back, stringĕre, to draw tightly.]

Anagrams for restrain »

  1. retrains

  2. strainer

  3. terrains

  4. trainers

  5. transire

  6. arrestin

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of restrain in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of restrain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of restrain in a Sentence

  1. Alexis de Tocqueville:

    The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.

  2. John McCain:

    But to restrain him in our authorization of him taking military action I think, frankly, is unconstitutional and eventually leads to 535 commanders-in-chief.

  3. John McCain:

    I think we should not restrain the President of the United States.

  4. Squid GameIn:

    I feel like I'm in the air. So I'm trying to calm Squid GameIn down now so I can restrain Squid GameIn.

  5. Woodrow Wilson:

    If monopoly persists, monopoly will always sit at the helm of government. I do not expect monopoly to restrain itself. If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States, they are going to own it.

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Translations for restrain

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • zbavit svobody, oklešťovat, mít pod kontrolou, omezit, restringovat, provést restrikciCzech
  • abgrenzen, eingrenzen, zügeln, begrenzen, einschränken, behindernGerman
  • restringir, reprimir, retenerSpanish
  • pidättää, rajoittaa, hallita, kukistaa, hillitäFinnish
  • restreindre, retenir, réprimerFrench
  • srianScottish Gaelic
  • trattenere, sorvegliare, trattenersi, ridurre, limitare, restringere, contenere, delimitareItalian
  • teneoLatin
  • of own feelings, whakatina, whakaitaMāori
  • beteugelenDutch
  • coibir, reprimir, restringir, conter, deter, encarcerarPortuguese
  • opri, a deține, îngrădi, restrânge, a ține închis,, împiedica, rețineRomanian
  • задержать, обуздать, сдержать, обуздывать, заключить, ограничивать, [[лишать]] [[свобода, [[лишить]] [[свобода, задерживать, сдерживать, заключать, ограничитьRussian

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