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Synonyms of restrain in English:


  • 1 Charles restrained his anger
    control, keep under control, check, hold/keep in check, curb, suppress, repress, contain, keep within bounds, limit, regulate, restrict, moderate, dampen, put a brake on, subdue, smother, choke back, stifle, bridle, leash, bit, muzzle, bottle up, cork, rein back, rein in, keep in
    informal keep the lid on
    [Antonyms] provoke, encourage
  • 2 she had to restrain herself from slamming the receiver down
    prevent, stop, keep, hold back;
    hinder, impede, hamper, restrict, constrain, obstruct
    archaic hold
    [Antonyms] force
  • 3 Law a court could restrain a doctor from continuing treatment
    [Antonyms] compel, encourage
  • 4 the insane used to be restrained with straitjackets
    tie up, bind, strap, truss, pinion, lash, tether, chain (up), fetter, shackle, manacle, put in irons, handcuff
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