Re·strain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Restrained p. pr. & vb. n. Restraining.]
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.
Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature
Gives way to in repose! --Shak.
2. To draw back toghtly, as a rein. [Obs.]
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.
Thou restrained prayer before God. --Job. xv. 4.
Syn: -- To check; hinder; stop; withhold; repress; curb; suppress; coerce; restrict; limit; confine.
v 1: keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep
your temper"; "keep your cool" [syn: suppress, keep,
keep back, hold back]
2: place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of
this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your
friends" [syn: restrict, trammel, limit, bound, confine,
3: 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]
4: hold back [syn: encumber, cumber, constrain]
5: to compel or deter by or as if by threats [syn: intimidate]