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English definition of “restrain”

restrain

verb [T]     /rɪˈstreɪn/
CONTROL SOMEONE to stop someone doing something, sometimes by using force : He became violent and had to be physically restrained. [+ from + doing sth] I had to restrain myself from shouting at him.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
LIMIT to limit something: to restrain arms sales Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
(Definition of restrain verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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