(?), 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.] 1. 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.
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Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature
Gives way to in repose!
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2. To draw back toghtly, as a rein. [Obs.] Shak.
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3. To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge.
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Though they two were committed, at least restrained of their liberty.
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4. To limit; to confine; to restrict. Trench.
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Not only a metaphysical or natural, but a moral, universality also is to be restrained by a part of the predicate.
I. Watts.
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5. To withhold; to forbear.
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Thou restrained prayer before God.
Job. xv. 4.
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Syn. -- To check; hinder; stop; withhold; repress; curb; suppress; coerce; restrict; limit; confine.
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