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characterized by restraint:
The actor gave a restrained performance.
verb (used with or without object)
to strain again.
verb (used with object)
to hold back from action; keep in check or under control; repress:
to restrain one’s temper.
to deprive of liberty, as by arrest or the like.
to limit or hamper the activity, growth, or effect of:
to restrain trade with Cuba.
(of a person or person’s manner) calm and unemotional
(of clothes, décor, etc) subtle and tasteful
verb (transitive)
to hold (someone) back from some action, esp by force
to deprive (someone) of liberty, as by imprisonment
to limit or restrict


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