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Dictionary definition for: Restrain

1. (v) keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile" "Keep your temper" "keep your cool"

2. (v) place limits on (extent or access) "restrict the use of this parking lot" "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

3. (v) to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains" "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade" "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center" "The terrorists h

4. (v) hold back

5. (v) to compel or deter by or as if by threats

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