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curb

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of curb

  1. 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 Synonyms of curb check, circumscription, condition, constraint, restriction, fetter, limitation, restraint, strictureWords Related to curb exception, proviso, qualification, reservation, stipulation, strings; ban, prohibition, proscriptionNear Antonyms of curb freedom, latitude


curb

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of curb

  1. to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression) try to curb your curiosity when it comes to your neighbors' business Synonyms of curb bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, govern, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule, tameWords Related to curb bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow; arrest, interrupt, stop; block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct; gag, muzzle, silenceNear Antonyms of curb liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, ventAntonyms of curb lose

Synonym Discussion of curb

restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something. restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes.
    • restrained themselves from laughing
check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus.
    • trying to check government spending
curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking.
    • learn to curb your appetite
bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in.
    • bridle an impulse to throw the book down

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