1 (keep under or in) control, (keep or hold in) check, hold (back or in), curb, govern:
A poor rider, he was unable to restrain his horse. Something must be done to restrain the general's power
2 limit, restrict, inhibit, regulate, suppress, repress, bar, debar, curtail, stifle, hinder, interfere with, hamper, handicap:
Trade between the two countries was restrained because of tariff disputes
3 (place under) arrest, confine, imprison, incarcerate, detain, hold, lock up, jail or Brit also gaol, shut in or up:
For his most recent offence, he was restrained for two months.
I barely restrained myself from hitting him.
| effectively | forcibly, physically
She had to be physically restrained.
VERB + RESTRAIN
be unable to, can't/couldn't, can/could no longer
She could not restrain a flash of pride.
| seek to, try to | manage to
He restrained himself from shouting at her.
an attempt/effort to restrain sb
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