restrain oneself

(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. hold back, hold aloof, forgo, desist from, show restraint, curb oneself, discipline oneself, limit oneself, efface oneself, get hold of oneself, exercise self-restraint; see also abstain .

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  • restrain — /rəˈstreɪn / (say ruh strayn) verb (t) 1. to hold back from action; keep in check or under control; keep down; repress. 2. to deprive of liberty, as a person. –phrase 3. restrain oneself, to curb one s initial impulses, desires, etc. {Middle… …   Australian English dictionary

  • restrain — restrain, curb, check, bridle, inhibit are comparable when they mean to hold a person or thing back from doing something or from going too far in doing something. Restrain, the most comprehensive of these terms, may imply the intent either to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • keep something in — restrain oneself from expressing a feeling he wanted to make me mad, but I kept it all in * * * ˌkeep sthˈin derived to avoid expressing an emotion Syn: ↑restrain • He could scarcely keep in his indignation. Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • bite one's lip — restrain oneself, suppress one s emotions or impulses …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bite one's lips — restrain oneself, keep quiet …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bite one's tongue — restrain oneself, keep quiet …   English contemporary dictionary

  • abstain from — restrain oneself from doing something. → abstain …   English new terms dictionary

  • keep — keepable, adj. keepability, n. /keep/, v., kept, keeping, n. v.t. 1. to hold or retain in one s possession; hold as one s own: If you like it, keep it. Keep the change. 2. to hold or have the use of for a period of time: You can keep it for the… …   Universalium

  • keep — [c]/kip / (say keep) verb (kept, keeping) –verb (t) 1. to maintain in one s action or conduct: to keep watch; to keep step; to keep silence. 2. to cause to continue in some place, position, state, course, or action specified: to keep a light… …   Australian English dictionary

  • keep — [[t]kip[/t]] v. kept, keep•ing, n. 1) to hold or retain in one s possession, either permanently or temporarily 2) to hold in a given place; put or store: to keep mints in a dish[/ex] 3) to maintain (some action), as in accordance with duty: to… …   From formal English to slang

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