verb (used with object)
Origin of restrain
Definition for restrain (2 of 2)
verb (used with or without object)
Examples from the Web for restrain
Three off-duty cops working as security guards apprehended Saylor and proceeded to restrain him in an ultimately fatal fashion.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls|Emily Shire|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What about allowing a school to manually or "mechanically" restrain students?
The other detectives had to restrain her to keep her from striking him again.Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss|J. North Conway|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To some observers, this is a classic Red State action to try to restrain the growth of renewable energy.
After hearing yelling from the back of the plane, a group of other passengers managed to tackle and restrain the unruly Suggs.
Seeing them, Avdotya could not restrain her tears; they simply spurted from her red and swollen eyes.Knock, Knock, Knock and Other Stories|Ivan Turgenev
Marmaduke Denison could not restrain an audible sigh of relief.Robin Redbreast|Mary Louisa Molesworth
Ostrov and Trirodov managed to restrain him with great difficulty.The Created Legend|Feodor Sologub
Zulma wrote hers in a large steady hand, but a tear, which she could not restrain, fell upon the letters and blurred them.The Bastonnais|John Lesperance
Anna came down the hall, evidently trying to restrain a giggle at his dusty appearance.In the Mist of the Mountains|Ethel Turner
British Dictionary definitions for restrain
Word Origin for restrain
Word Origin and History for restrain (1 of 2)
mid-14c., from stem of Old French restreindre "press, push together; curb, bridle; bandage" (12c.), from Latin restringere "draw back tightly, confine, check" (see restriction). Related: Restrained; restraining.
That which we restrain we keep within limits; that which we restrict we keep within certain definite limits; that which we repress we try to put out of existence. [Century Dictionary, 1902]