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Word: restrain

restrain
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  • verb to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement
    Synonyms

    confine, constrain, hold

    Examples
    • 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 held the journalists for ransom
  • verb restrict (someone or something) so as to make free movement difficult
    Synonyms

    cumber, encumber

  • verb prevent (someone or something) from doing something
    Examples
    • security guards restrained the reporter from throwing another shoe
  • verb prevent the action or expression of
    Synonyms

    hold back, keep, keep back

    Examples
    • hold back your anger
    • keep your cool
    • she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays
Definitions are taken from Princeton’s WordNet 3.0, Princeton University, 2010