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Curb can be a noun or a verb.
If you curb something, you control it and keep it within definite limits.
You can say that someone imposes a curb on something.
Curb is also the American spelling of the noun kerb. There is no difference in pronunciation. The kerb is the raised edge between a pavement and a road.
Past participle: curbed
Past participle: curbed
|Noun||1.||curb - an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)|
edge - a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object; "he rounded the edges of the box"
|2.||curb - a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse|
bit - piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding; "the horse was not accustomed to a bit"
|3.||Curb - a stock exchange in New York|
|4.||curb - the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"|
restraint - the act of controlling by restraining someone or something; "the unlawful restraint of trade"
|Verb||1.||curb - lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"|
confine, limit, throttle, trammel, restrain, restrict, bound - place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
conquer, inhibit, stamp down, suppress, subdue, curb - to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
damp - restrain or discourage; "the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere"
mortify, subdue, crucify - hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh"
abnegate, deny - deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure; "She denied herself wine and spirits"
keep back, restrain, hold back, keep - keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
restrict - place under restrictions; limit access to; "This substance is controlled"
train - cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it; "train the vine"
catch - check oneself during an action; "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
bate - moderate or restrain; lessen the force of; "He bated his breath when talking about this affair"; "capable of bating his enthusiasm"
thermostat - control the temperature with a thermostat
|2.||curb - to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"|
silence, still, hush, hush up, quieten, shut up - cause to be quiet or not talk; "Please silence the children in the church!"
burke - get rid of, silence, or suppress; "burke an issue"
silence - keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure; "All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power"
quell, squelch, quench - suppress or crush completely; "squelch any sign of dissent"; "quench a rebellion"
muffle, stifle, strangle, repress, smother - conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"
|3.||curb - keep to the curb; "curb your dogs"|
|4.||curb - place restrictions on; "curtail drinking in school"|
abridge - lessen, diminish, or curtail; "the new law might abridge our freedom of expression"
to curb one's enthusiasm → refréner son enthousiasme
to curb sb's enthusiasm → mettre un frein à l'enthousiasme de qn
to curb the spread of sth → limiter la progression de qch