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restrain

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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
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2 to take or keep under oneʼs control by authority of law

  • the suspect was restrained and taken to an undisclosed location
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apprehend, arrest, bust [slang], collar, nab, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, pinch, pull in, run in, seize

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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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