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

1870–75; re- + strain1

re-strain, restrain. Unabridged


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. Unabridged
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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]

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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
After firing an employee because of lies, they slapped a restraining order on
  her and then had her arrested because she called in.
We turned the letters over to the administration, and he was expelled and given
  a campus-wide restraining order.
It sounds to me that he is interested in you, but he is restraining himself
  because you are a student.
Restraining our displays of anger, affection, sorrow.
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