What does restrain mean?

Definitions for restrain
rɪˈstreɪnre·strain

Here are all the possible meanings 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

Wiktionary

  1. restrainverb

    To control or keep in check.

    Etymology: restraindre, from restringo

  2. restrainverb

    To deprive of liberty.

    Etymology: restraindre, from restringo

  3. restrainverb

    To restrict or limit.

    Etymology: restraindre, from restringo

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. strainer

  2. arrestin

  3. transire

  4. retrains

  5. trainers

  6. terrains

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Numerology

  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. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.

  2. Charlton Heston:

    Celebrity is a corrosive condition for the soul. I have tried to restrain its inroads on me, but there are odd corners of my character that have been harmed

  3. Wu Zhongmin:

    They must know that 'heaven sees all', but they can't restrain themselves.

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    ...Enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man, acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter - with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more... a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.

  5. William Blake:

    Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.

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Translations for restrain

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • zbavit svobody, provést restrikci, mít pod kontrolou, omezit, oklešťovat, restringovatCzech
  • eingrenzen, behindern, einschränken, abgrenzen, zügeln, begrenzenGerman
  • reprimir, restringir, retenerSpanish
  • hillitä, kukistaa, hallita, rajoittaa, pidättääFinnish
  • retenir, restreindre, réprimerFrench
  • srianScottish Gaelic
  • ridurre, restringere, trattenere, contenere, trattenersi, delimitare, limitare, sorvegliareItalian
  • teneoLatin
  • whakatina, whakaita, of own feelingsMāori
  • beteugelenDutch
  • deter, encarcerar, conter, reprimir, coibir, restringirPortuguese
  • a deține, îngrădi, a ține închis,, împiedica, reține, opri, restrângeRomanian
  • ограничить, задерживать, [[лишать]] [[свобода, ограничивать, сдержать, обуздать, задержать, обуздывать, сдерживать, заключить, [[лишить]] [[свобода, заключатьRussian

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