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restrain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of restrain

  1. 1 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression) the victim's family members were unable to restrain their emotions upon hearing the verdict Synonyms of restrain bridle, check, constrain, contain, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), control, rule, tameWords Related to restrain 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 restrain liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, ventAntonyms of restrain lose

  2. 2 to take or keep under one's control by authority of law the suspect was restrained and taken to an undisclosed location Synonyms of restrain apprehend, bust [slang], collar, nab, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, pinch, pull in, arrest, run in, seizeWords Related to restrain bag, capture, catch, get, grab, grapple, hook, land, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap; commit, confine, detain, hold, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up); bind, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; rearrest; remandNear Antonyms of restrain emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchainAntonyms of restrain discharge

Synonym Discussion of restrain

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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