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English definition of “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 .
(Definition of restrain verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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