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  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈstɹeɪnd/
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    • Rhymes: -eɪnd


restrained (comparative more restrained, superlative most restrained)

  1. Held back, limited, kept in check or under control.
    He greeted her for the first time in three years with a restrained embrace.
  2. (obsolete) Proscribed, restricted.
    • c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iv], page 69, column 1-2:
      Ha? fie, these filthy vices. It were as good
      To pardon him, that hath from nature stolne a man already made, as to remit
      Their sawcie sweetnes, that do coyne heauens Image
      In stamps that are forbid: 'tis all as easie,
      Falsely to take away a life true made,
      As to put mettle in restrained meanes
      To make a false one.




  1. simple past tense and past participle of restrain
    He was restrained by the straight jacket.