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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: restreindre, from Latin restringere, from stringere; STRINGENT

restrain

verb
     
reā€§strain [transitive]
1 to stop someone from doing something, often by using physical force
restrain somebody from doing something
I had to restrain her from running out into the street.
He had to be restrained from using violence.
2 to control your own emotions or behaviour:
Renwick restrained a feeling of annoyance.
restrain yourself (from doing something)
She could barely restrain herself from hitting him.
3 to control or limit something that is increasing too much:
Price rises should restrain consumer spending.

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