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curb

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)
  • try to curb your curiosity when it comes to your neighbors' business

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curb

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of curb (Entry 2 of 2)

something that limits one's freedom of action or choice
  • these international regulations act as a curb on the plundering of a nation's archaeological treasures

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How does the verb curb contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of curb are bridle, check, and restrain. While all these words mean "to hold back from or control in doing something," curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking.

learn to curb your appetite

When is it sensible to use bridle instead of curb?

While in some cases nearly identical to curb, bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in.

bridle an impulse to throw the book down

Where would check be a reasonable alternative to curb?

Although the words check and curb have much in common, check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus.

trying to check government spending

In what contexts can restrain take the place of curb?

The synonyms restrain and curb are sometimes interchangeable, but restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes.

restrained themselves from laughing

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The first known use of curb was in the 15th century

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“Curb.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/curb. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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