2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Restrain \Re*strain"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Restrained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Restraining}.] [OE. restreinen, F. restreindre, fr. L. restringere, restrictum; pref. re- re- + stringere to draw, bind, or press together. See {Strain}, verb (used with an object), and cf. {Restrict}.]

1. To draw back again; to hold back from acting, proceeding, or advancing, either by physical or moral force, or by any interposing obstacle; to repress or suppress; to keep down; to curb.

Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature Gives way to in repose! --Shak.

2. To draw back toghtly, as a rein. [Obs.] --Shak.

3. To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge.

Though they two were committed, at least restrained of their liberty. --Clarendon.

4. To limit; to confine; to restrict. --Trench.

Not only a metaphysical or natural, but a moral, universality also is to be restrained by a part of the predicate. --I. Watts.

5. To withhold; to forbear.

Thou restrained prayer before God. --Job. xv. 4.

Syn: To check; hinder; stop; withhold; repress; curb; suppress; coerce; restrict; limit; confine.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: cool and formal in manner [syn: {restrained}, {reticent}, {unemotional}]

2: under restraint [ant: {unrestrained}]

3: marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; "moderate in his demands"; "restrained in his response" [syn: {moderate}, {restrained}]

4: not showy or obtrusive; "clothes in quiet good taste" [syn: {quiet}, {restrained}]

5: prudent; "guarded optimism" [syn: {guarded}, {restrained}]

The dictionary definitions are retrieved from a local copy of two of the open source DICT dictionaries. Click here for the database copyright information. DEFINE.COM is registered as an educational NONPROFIT corporation. We aim to please around here. We believe in using positive reinforcement to get things done. We make suggestions that are intended to make life more enjoyable. We think about efficiency, automation, security, PRIVACY, social and ecological responsibility and positive HUMANITARIAN ethics and VALUES. We are benevolent. DO NO HARM is our motto.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 12:31:26 AM Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)