restrain

restrain re‧strain [rɪˈstreɪn] verb [transitive]
to control or limit something that is starting to increase:

• tough rules to restrain the creation of monopolies

• A cut in consumer credit would restrain an economic recovery.

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restrain UK US /rɪˈstreɪn/ verb [T]
to limit the growth or force of something: »

The economy had rebounded a bit but was still being restrained by high oil prices.

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Higher interest rates appear to be restraining consumer spending.

to control someone's actions or behaviour, especially by stopping them from doing something: »

Economists said consumers are still showing few signs of being restrained by interest rate rises.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • restrain — [ri strān′] vt. [ME restreinen < OFr restreindre < L restringere < re , back + stringere, to draw tight: see STRICT] 1. to hold back from action; check; suppress; curb 2. to keep under control 3. to deprive of physical liberty, as by… …   English World dictionary

  • Restrain — Re*strain , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Restrained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Restraining}.] [OE. restreinen, F. restreindre, fr. L. restringere, restrictum; pref. re re + stringere to draw, bind, or press together. See {Strain}, v. t., and cf. {Restrict}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • restrain — (v.) mid 14c., from stem of O.Fr. restraindre, from L. restringere draw back tightly, confine, check (see RESTRICTION (Cf. restriction)). Related: Restrained; restraining …   Etymology dictionary

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  • restrain — ► VERB 1) keep under control or within limits. 2) deprive of freedom of movement or personal liberty. 3) repress (a strong emotion). DERIVATIVES restrainable adjective restrainer noun. ORIGIN Latin restringere tie back …   English terms dictionary

  • restrain — [[t]rɪstre͟ɪn[/t]] restrains, restraining, restrained 1) VERB If you restrain someone, you stop them from doing what they intended or wanted to do, usually by using your physical strength. [V n] Wally gripped my arm, partly to restrain me and… …   English dictionary

  • restrain — verb ADVERB ▪ barely ▪ I barely restrained myself from hitting him. ▪ properly ▪ The horse must be properly restrained in a location where it would not hurt itself. ▪ forcibly …   Collocations dictionary

  • restrain — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English restraynen, from Anglo French restreindre, from Latin restringere to restrain, restrict, from re + stringere to bind tight more at strain Date: 14th century 1. a. to prevent from doing, exhibiting, or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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