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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·strain /rɪˈstren/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]