Re*strain" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Restrained (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Restraining.] [OE. restreinen, F. restreindre, fr. L. restringere, restrictum; pref. re- re- + stringere to draw, bind, or press together. See Strain, v. t., and cf. Restrict.]
To draw back again; to hold back from acting, proceeding, or advancing, either by physical or moral force, or by any interposing obstacle; to repress or suppress; to keep down; to curb.
Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature
Gives way to in repose!
To draw back toghtly, as a rein.
To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge.
Though they two were committed, at least restrained of their liberty.
To limit; to confine; to restrict.
Not only a metaphysical or natural, but a moral, universality also is to be restrained by a part of the predicate.
To withhold; to forbear.
Thou restrained prayer before God.
Job. xv. 4.
Syn. -- To check; hinder; stop; withhold; repress; curb; suppress; coerce; restrict; limit; confine.
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