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restrainverb [T]

 us   /rɪˈstreɪn/
to ​control the ​actions or ​behavior of someone by ​force, esp. in ​order to ​stop that ​person from doing something: Seamons got into a ​shoutingmatch and had to be restrained by his ​teammates. I could ​hardly restrain my ​laughter. To restrain is also to ​limit the ​growth or ​force of something: Politicians are ​reluctant to restrain ​spending.
(Definition of restrain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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restrainverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​startedfighting, it took four ​policeofficers to restrain him. She was so ​angry that she could ​hardly restrain herself. You should ​try to restrain ​yourambitions and be more ​realistic. Growth in ​carownership could be restrained by ​increasingtaxes.
(Definition of restrain from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"restrain" in Business English

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restrainverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈstreɪn/
to ​limit the ​growth or ​force of something: The ​economy had ​rebounded a ​bit but was still being restrained by high ​oilprices. Higher ​interestrates appear to be restraining ​consumerspending.
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 ​interestraterises.
(Definition of restrain from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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