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verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to strain again.

1870–75; re- + strain1

re-strain, restrain.


verb (used with object)
to hold back from action; keep in check or under control; repress: to restrain one's temper.
to deprive of liberty, as by arrest or the like.
to limit or hamper the activity, growth, or effect of: to restrain trade with Cuba.

1350–1400; Middle English restreynen < Middle French restreindre < Latin restringere to bind back, bind fast, equivalent to re- re- + stringere to draw together; see strain1

restrainable, adjective
restrainability, noun
restrainingly, adverb
overrestrain, verb (used with object)
prerestrain, verb (used with object)
unrestrainable, adjective

1. refrain, restrain ; 2. re-strain, restrain.

1. bridle, suppress, constrain. See check1. 2. restrict, circumscribe, confine, hinder, hamper.

1. unbridle. 2. free, liberate.
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restrain (rɪˈstreɪn)
1.  to hold (someone) back from some action, esp by force
2.  to deprive (someone) of liberty, as by imprisonment
3.  to limit or restrict
[C14 restreyne, from Old French restreindre, from Latin rēstringere to draw back tightly, from re- + stringere to draw, bind; see strain1]

restrained (rɪˈstreɪnd)
1.  (of a person or person's manner) calm and unemotional
2.  (of clothes, décor, etc) subtle and tasteful

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from stem of O.Fr. restraindre, from L. restringere "draw back tightly, confine, check" (see restriction).
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Example sentences
The animals fed themselves meals of marshmallows and fruit even when their real
  arms were restrained.
After receiving a transplant of ovarian cancer cells, mice were restrained to
  cause stress.
It redefined modern dance, adding energy, robustness and physicality to
  traditional restrained moves.
Best use is in corners or containers where it need not be restrained.
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