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tr.v. re·strained, re·strain·ing, re·strains
a. To hold back or keep in check; control: was able restrain his emotions.
b. To prevent (a person or group) from doing something or acting in a certain way: She was restrained from selling the house by her fond memories.
2. To hold, fasten, or secure so as to prevent or limit movement: hair restrained by a bandana; a child restrained by a seat belt.

[Middle English restreinen, from Old French restraindre, restreign-, from Latin restringere, to bind back; see restrict.]

re·strain′a·ble adj.
re·strain′ed·ly (-strā′nĭd-lē) adv.
re·strain′er n.
Synonyms: restrain, curb, check, bridle, inhibit
These verbs mean to hold back or keep under control. Restrain implies restriction or limitation, as on one's freedom of action: "a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another" (Thomas Jefferson).
To curb is to restrain as if with reins: "As a teacher he was rather dull. He curbed his own enthusiasms, finding that they distracted his attention" (E.M. Forster).
Check implies arresting or stopping, often suddenly: "Knowing that Lily disliked to be caressed, she had long ago learned to check her demonstrative impulses toward her friend" (Edith Wharton).
To bridle is often to hold in or govern one's emotions or passions: I tried hard to bridle my anger. Inhibit usually connotes a check on one's actions, thoughts, or emotions: A fear of strangers inhibited his ability to travel.


1. a person who restrains
2. (Photography) a chemical, such as potassium bromide, added to a photographic developer in order to reduce the amount of fog on a film and to retard the development
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.restrainer - a chemical that is added to a photographic developer in order to retard development and reduce the amount of fog on a film
chemical, chemical substance - material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules
potassium bromide - a white crystalline salt (KBr) used as a sedative and in photography
2.restrainer - a person who directs and restrains
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
nazi - derogatory term for a person who is fanatically dedicated to, or seeks to control, some activity, practice, etc.
overcomer, subduer, surmounter - someone who overcomes and establishes ascendancy and control by force or persuasion
suppresser, suppressor - someone who suppresses; "dictators are suppressors of free speech"
withholder - a person who restrains or checks or holds back
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Now restrainer, now restrainee, she relishes changing places.
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