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American English: /rəˈstreɪn/
British English: /rɪˈstreɪn/

Translation of restrain in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • (prisoner/dog/maniac)
    to restrain somebody from somethingI had a hard time restraining my husband from hitting him
    me costó trabajo impedir que mi marido le pegara or contener a mi marido para que no le pegara
    an order restraining the company from building on the site
    una orden judicial que prohíbe a la compañía construir en el predio
    Example sentences
    • I said with a smile and suddenly I had the urge to bend down and kiss her but I restrained myself from acting my wish.
    • Stevie shut his eyes tight, restraining himself, trying to hold his anticipation in check.
    • Angelo is a very cold person with no feelings and has restrained himself tremendously throughout his life.
    Example sentences
    • I looked up and saw the blonde boy from the checkout, restraining my attacker so tightly that the veins in his arms were popping out, his teeth were clenched and his green eyes were ablaze with fury.
    • After being restrained by two people, Esther calms down.
    • Finally, psychiatrists in Britain and India diverged on the issue of restraining violent patients.

reflexive verb

  • to restrain oneself
    I was so furious, I just couldn't restrain myself
    estaba tan furioso que no pude contenerme or refrenarme
    I can't restrain myself: I must have a cigarette
    no aguanto más, tengo que fumarme un cigarrillo
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