[ verb ] keep under control; keep in check


"suppress a smile" "Keep your temper" "keep your cool"

Used in print

(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)

The most effective political inventions seem to make maximum use of natural harbors and are aware that restraining breakwaters can play only a minor part in the whole scheme .

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

His problem then became one of restraining the American fighters who wanted to clean_out the Vermejo by force immediately .

(Guy Bolton, The Olympians....)

As he declaimed the sonorous measures , it was as_much_as Claire could do to restrain herself from bursting_out with her dramatic tidings .

[ verb ] place limits on (extent or access)


"restrict the use of this parking lot" "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

Used in print

(Randall Stewart, "A Little History, a Little Honesty: A...)

New_Englanders were a_bit sensitive on the subject of their complicity in Negro slavery at the time of the drafting of the Declaration_of_Independence , as Jefferson explained in his `` Autobiography '' : `` The clause reprobating the enslaving the inhabitants of Africa was struck_out in complaisance to South_Carolina and Georgia , who had never attempted to restrain the importation of slaves , and who on_the_contrary still wished to continue it .

(U.S. Reports. Volume 366. Cases Adjudged in the...)

It rested its decision solely on 7 , which reads in pertinent part : `` [ N_]_o corporation engaged in commerce shall acquire , directly or indirectly , the whole or any part of the stock or other share capital of another corporation engaged also in commerce , where the effect of such acquisition may be to substantially lessen competition between the corporation whose stock is so acquired and the corporation making the acquisition , or to restrain such commerce in any section or community , or tend to create a monopoly of any line of commerce .

Thus , a finding of conspiracy to restrain trade or attempt to monopolize was excluded from the Court 's decision .

[ verb ] hold back

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

He may respect too_much the Italian tradition of letting singers hold_on to their notes , but to restrain them in a singers ' opera may be quite difficult .

[ verb ] to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement


hold confine


"This holds the local until the express passengers change trains" "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade" "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"

Used in print

(Jim Thompson, The Transgressors....)

Now , Mis-ter_McBride '' , said Lord , and he laid a firmly restraining hand on the field boss 's arm .

[ verb ] to compel or deter by or as if by threats



Related terms

discourage daunt bullying warn