restrain etymology

English word restrain comes from Latin stringere, Latin re-, and later French étreindre (To clutch, grip. To hug (embrace).)

Detailed word origin of restrain

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
stringere Latin (lat)
re- Latin (lat) Again; prefix added to various words to indicate an action being done again, or like the other usages indicated above under English.. Back, backwards.
étreindre French (fra) To clutch, grip. To hug (embrace).
restringo Latin (lat) (figuratively) I restrain, confine, restrict.. I draw back tightly, bind back or fast, tighten.. I unfasten, unclose, open.
restraindre Old French (fro)
restreinen Middle English (enm)
restrain English (eng) (transitive) To control or keep in check.. (transitive) To deprive of liberty.. (transitive) To restrict or limit.

Words with the same origin as restrain

Descendants of stringere
distress district strain strict
Descendants of re-
arrest rain reaction receive recognize record regret relationship relax remain remember remove repeat reputation request rescue research respect responsibility responsible rest return revolution reward ship