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restrain

verb [T] uk   /rɪˈstreɪn/ us  
C1 to control the actions or behaviour of someone by force, especially in order to stop them from doing something, or to limit the growth or force of something: When he started fighting, it took four police officers to restrain him. She was so angry that she could hardly restrain herself. You should try to restrain your ambitions and be more realistic. Growth in car ownership could be restrained by increasing taxes.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
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