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


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.