Definition of restrain
1a : to prevent from doing, exhibiting, or expressing something restrained the child from jumpingb : to limit, restrict, or keep under control try to restrain your anger
2 : to moderate or limit the force, effect, development, or full exercise of restrain trade
3 : to deprive of liberty; especially : to place under arrest or restraint
restrainableplay \-ˈstrā-nə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of restrain in a Sentence
He could not restrain the dog from attacking.
He could restrain himself no longer.
Hospital orderlies needed to restrain the patient.
He was restrained and placed in a holding cell.
He could barely restrain his anger.
The manufacturer took measures to restrain costs.
Recent Examples of restrain from the Web
He is accused of head-butting an officer who restrained him and was escorting him out of the building.
The bill cuts taxes, restrains spending, and — courtesy of the tireless efforts of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee — modestly deregulates.
Vanessa Kirby as the impetuous foil to Foy’s restrained monarch feels like a very solid option, with another newcomer, the very popular Chrissy Metz, well-positioned to take up slot number two.
Her notes say one of the managers told her that Joseph King had been restrained by staff members at the home for 10 minutes before losing consciousness.
Other workers tackled the shooter and restrained him with zip ties until police arrived.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child have its own seat and be restrained properly — the same as in a car.
His 5-year-old sister was not properly restrained in a booster seat that was designed for a child of her age.
That means putting pressure on Israel to restrain its construction of settlements on occupied lands sought by the Palestinians.
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Synonym Discussion of restrain
RESTRAIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of restrain for English Language Learners
: to prevent (a person or animal) from doing something
: to prevent (a person or animal) from moving by using physical force
: to keep (something) under control
RESTRAIN Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of restrain
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