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restrainverb [T]

 us   /rɪˈstreɪn/
to control the actions or behavior of someone by force, esp. in order to stop that person from doing something: Seamons got into a shouting match and had to be restrained by his teammates. I could hardly restrain my laughter. To restrain is also to limit the growth or force of something: Politicians are reluctant to restrain spending.
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