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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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 
  1.  To  draw  back  again  to  hold  back  from  acting,  proceeding, 
  or  advancing,  either  by  physical  or  moral  force,  or  by  any 
  interposing  obstacle;  to  repress  or  suppress;  to  keep 
  down  to  curb. 
  Restrain  in  me  the  cursed  thoughts  that  nature  Gives 
  way  to  in  repose!  --Shak. 
  2.  To  draw  back  toghtly,  as  a  rein.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  3.  To  hinder  from  unlimited  enjoiment;  to  abridge. 
  Though  they  two  were  committed,  at  least  restrained 
  of  their  liberty.  --Clarendon. 
  4.  To  limit;  to  confine;  to  restrict.  --Trench. 
  Not  only  a  metaphysical  or  natural,  but  a  moral, 
  universality  also  is  to  be  restrained  by  a  part  of 
  the  predicate.  --I.  Watts. 
  5.  To  withhold;  to  forbear. 
  Thou  restrained  prayer  before  God.  --Job.  xv  4. 
  Syn:  To  check;  hinder;  stop;  withhold;  repress;  curb; 
  suppress;  coerce;  restrict;  limit;  confine. 

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