1
[ verb ] keep under control; keep in check

Examples

"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 .

2
[ verb ] place limits on (extent or access)

Examples

"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 .

3
[ 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 .

4
[ verb ] to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement

Synonyms

hold confine

Examples

"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 .

5
[ verb ] to compel or deter by or as if by threats

Synonyms

intimidate

Related terms

discourage daunt bullying warn

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