Crossword clues for restrain
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Restrain \Re*strain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Restrained; p. pr. & vb. n. Restraining.] [OE. restreinen, F. restreindre, fr. L. restringere, restrictum; pref. re- re- + stringere to draw, bind, or press together. See Strain, v. t., and cf. Restrict.]
To draw back again; to hold back from acting, proceeding, or advancing, either by physical or moral force, or by any interposing obstacle; to repress or suppress; to keep down; to curb.
Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature Gives way to in repose!
To draw back toghtly, as a rein. [Obs.]
To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge.
Though they two were committed, at least restrained of their liberty.
To limit; to confine; to restrict.
Not only a metaphysical or natural, but a moral, universality also is to be restrained by a part of the predicate.
To withhold; to forbear.
Thou restrained prayer before God.
--Job. xv. 4.
Syn: To check; hinder; stop; withhold; repress; curb; suppress; coerce; restrict; limit; confine.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-14c., from stem of Old French restreindre "press, push together; curb, bridle; bandage" (12c.), from Latin restringere "draw back tightly, confine, check" (see restriction). Related: Restrained; restraining.\n\nThat which we restrain we keep within limits; that which we restrict we keep within certain definite limits; that which we repress we try to put out of existence.
[Century Dictionary, 1902]
vb. 1 (context transitive English) To control or keep in check. 2 (context transitive English) To deprive of liberty. 3 (context transitive English) To restrict or limit.
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" [syn: confine, hold]
to compel or deter by or as if by threats [syn: intimidate]
Usage examples of "restrain".
Constantius, who was hurried along in the pursuit, attempted, without effect, to restrain the ardor of his troops, by representing to them the dangers of the approaching night, and the certainty of completing their success with the return of day.
The spirit regarding the herder in return was not patient, his stature restrained to a self-contained power that would stand down bared steel on a glance.
He barked with fury, and before his master could restrain him, he had plunged a second time into the lake.
Later on, however, a few moments after Bastide had left, great as was my confidence in the loyal word of this courageous and generous man, I could no longer restrain myself, and I profited by an interval of two hours of which I could dispose, to go and see with my own eyes what was taking place, and in what manner the resistance was behaving.
So little influence ought this to have in restraining us from doing good actions, that even though I were denied the hope of meeting with a grateful man, yet the fear of not having my benefits returned would not prevent my bestowing them, because he who does not give, forestalls the vice of him who is ungrateful.
A benefit does not, therefore, cease to be a benefit because it is bestowed by a slave, but is all the greater on that account, because not even slavery could restrain him from bestowing it.
Contrast its restrained tone with, say, the products of modern advertising, political speeches, authoritative theological pronouncements - or for that matter the blurb on the cover of this book.
Mason Broyles restrained his client, but the courtroom boiled over even as Judge Achacoso banged her gavel again and again.
With the design of restraining the progress of Christianity, he published an edict, which, though it was designed to affect only the new converts, could not be carried into strict execution, without exposing to danger and punishment the most zealous of their teachers and missionaries.
The latter obeyed, and, opening the door of the chamber, they passed into the anti-room, where the Baron, surprised to find all his pages asleep, stopped, and, with hasty violence, was going to reprimand them for their carelessness, when the Knight waved his hand, and looked so expressively upon the Baron, that the latter restrained his resentment, and passed on.
Then Lord Ostermore made as if to approach the window, but Hortensia restrained him.
But Malemute Kid restrained himself, though there was a world of reproach in his eyes, and, bending over the dog, cut the traces.
They left the villa, and Mallard grew less restrained in his conversation.
What kind of care could people come to expect from doctors who were forced to work in the current malpractice milieu and who had to restrain their best instincts and second-guess their every step?
For that moment, even Monteith himself, in his maniac mood, felt dimly aware of that mysterious restraining power all the rest who knew him had so often felt in their dealings with the Alien.