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English definition of “restrain”

restrain

verb [T]     /rɪˈstreɪn/
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 her self . 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
(Definition of restrain verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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