Restrain

Definition of Restrain

Re`strain´
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Restrained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Restraining.]
Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature
Gives way to in repose!
- Shak.
2.To draw back toghtly, as a rein.
3.To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge.
Though they two were committed, at least restrained of their liberty.
- Clarendon.
4.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.
- I. Watts.
5.To withhold; to forbear.

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