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restrain

verb [T]
 
 
/rɪˈstreɪn/
to limit the growth or force of something: The economy had rebounded a bit but was still being restrained by high oil prices. Higher interest rates appear to be restraining consumer spending.
to control someone's actions or behaviour, especially by stopping them from doing something: Economists said consumers are still showing few signs of being restrained by interest rate rises.
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