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restrain

 
Verb restrain has 5 senses
  1. restrain, suppress, keep, keep back, hold back - keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
    --1 is one way to prevent, keep
    Derived forms: noun restrainer2, noun restraint1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Somebody ----s somebody PP
  2. restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle - place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
    --2 is one way to control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate
    Derived form: noun restrainer2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody PP
    Somebody ----s something PP
  3. restrain, confine, hold - to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "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"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
    --3 is one way to disable, disenable, incapacitate
    Derived forms: noun restrainer2, noun restraint3
    Sample sentence:
    They want to restrain the prisoners
  4. restrain, encumber, cumber, constrain - hold back
    --4 is one way to restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle
    Derived form: noun restrainer2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  5. intimidate, restrain - to compel or deter by or as if by threats
    --5 is one way to discourage
    Derived form: noun restrainer2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
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