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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 bridle, check, constrain, contain, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), control, rule, tameRelated Words 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 liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, ventAntonyms 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 apprehend, bust [slang], collar, nab, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, pinch, pull in, arrest, run in, seizeRelated Words 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 emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchainAntonyms discharge


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