Constrain and Hold back


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Constrain verb – To keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression).
Usage example: constrained his anger at the needless interruption

Hold back is a synonym for constrain in force topic. In some cases you can use "Hold back" instead a verb "Constrain", when it comes to topics like restraint, inhibit, restrain, restrict.
Nearby Words: constraint, constraining, constrainedly
Synonyms for Constrain

Hold back

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Hold back verb – To create difficulty for the work or activity of.
Usage example: the only thing holding Joe back from joining the swim team is lack of transportation

Constrain is a synonym for hold back in inhibit topic. You can use "Constrain" instead a verb "Hold back", if it concerns topics such as restrain.
Synonyms for Hold back
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