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restrain

  

      vb   tr  
1    to hold (someone) back from some action, esp. by force  
2    to deprive (someone) of liberty, as by imprisonment  
3    to limit or restrict  
     (C14 restreyne, from Old French restreindre, from Latin restringere to draw back tightly, from re- + stringere to draw, bind; see strain1)  
  restrainable      adj  
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restrain

  
1    bridle, check, confine, constrain, contain, control, curb, curtail, debar, govern, hamper, handicap, harness, have on a tight leash, hinder, hold, hold back, inhibit, keep, keep under control, limit, muzzle, prevent, rein, repress, restrict, straiten, subdue, suppress  
2    arrest, bind, chain, confine, detain, fetter, hold, imprison, jail, lock up, manacle, pinion, tie up  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    assist, encourage, help, incite, urge on  
2    free, liberate, release  

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! restrain n.
deprive someone or something of freedom of movement or personal liberty.

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