[ ri-streynd ]
/ rɪˈstreɪnd /


characterized by restraint: The actor gave a restrained performance.

Nearby words

  1. restore,
  2. restorer,
  3. restoring spring,
  4. restr.,
  5. restrain,
  6. restrainer,
  7. restraining order,
  8. restraint,
  9. restraint of trade,
  10. restraint order

Origin of restrained

First recorded in 1570–80; restrain + -ed2

Related formsre·strain·ed·ly, adverbnon·re·strained, adjective


[ ree-streyn ]
/ riˈstreɪn /

verb (used with or without object)

to strain again.

Origin of re-strain

First recorded in 1870–75; re- + strain1

Can be confusedre-strain restrain


[ ri-streyn ]
/ rɪˈstreɪn /

verb (used with object)

to hold back from action; keep in check or under control; repress: to restrain one's temper.
to deprive of liberty, as by arrest or the like.
to limit or hamper the activity, growth, or effect of: to restrain trade with Cuba.

Origin of restrain

1350–1400; Middle English restreynen < Middle French restreindre < Latin restringere to bind back, bind fast, equivalent to re- re- + stringere to draw together; see strain1

Related forms
Can be confusedrefrain restrainre-strain restrain

Synonym study

1. See check1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for restrained


/ (rɪˈstreɪnd) /


(of a person or person's manner) calm and unemotional
(of clothes, décor, etc) subtle and tasteful
Derived Formsrestrainedly (rɪˈstreɪnɪdlɪ), adverb


/ (rɪˈstreɪn) /

verb (tr)

to hold (someone) back from some action, esp by force
to deprive (someone) of liberty, as by imprisonment
to limit or restrict
Derived Formsrestrainable, adjective

Word Origin for restrain

C14 restreyne, from Old French restreindre, from Latin rēstringere to draw back tightly, from re- + stringere to draw, bind; see strain 1

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Word Origin and History for restrained
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