August 11, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
restrain /rɪˈstreɪn/ verb
restrain
/rɪˈstreɪn/
verb

restrains; restrained; restraining

The owner is restraining the puppy so it doesn’t run off.
The owner is restraining the puppy so it doesn’t run off.
Learner's definition of RESTRAIN

[+ object]

1 : to prevent (a person or animal) from doing something

  • He could not restrain the dog from attacking.

  • I wanted to have another serving, but I somehow restrained myself. = I somehow restrained myself from having another serving.

  • He could restrain himself no longer.

2 : to prevent (a person or animal) from moving by using physical force

  • Hospital orderlies needed to restrain the patient.

  • He was restrained and placed in a holding cell.

3 : to keep (something) under control

  • He could barely restrain his anger.

  • The manufacturer took measures to restrain costs.

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