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
State Police say the driver of the Toyota had minor injuries but that his son, who was not properly restrained, was flown to a hospital in critical condition.
Given the potential for scenery-chewing here, Cox is surprisingly restrained even in his moments of highest dudgeon.
Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe declined to file criminal charges against the five corrections officers who struggled to restrain Williams.
Passengers subdued him and restrained him with belts.
But in nearly every case in which conflict, physical or not, was the issue, the judicial reflex was to issue a restraining order preventing the accused from having any contact with the opposing party.
Flight 128 to Kuala Lumpur landed safely at Melbourne airport late last night after passengers and crew tackled and restrained the man, who’s believed to have mental health issues, Australian police told reporters Thursday.
Taelyn Woodson, who was one of the children who was not restrained, was thrown from the vehicle out of a window.
The driver and her two passengers were properly restrained with seat belts, Dwight said, and were treated for minor injuries at Slidell Memorial Hospital.
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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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