To restrain or temper; SYN. moderate, temper.
1. To correct by punishment or suffering; discipline; also; purify
2. To prune (as a work or style of art) of excess, pretense, or falsity; refine
3. To cause to be more humble or restrained; subdue
(Irregular preterit, past participle: held).
1. To aim, point, or direct.
2. To assert or affirm.
3. To be the support of; also metaphorically; SYN. support, sustain, hold up.
4. To contain or hold; have within; SYN. bear, carry, contain.
5. To cover as for protection against noise or smell.
6. To have as a major characteristic.
7. To have or hold in one's hands; also metaphorically; SYN. take hold.
8. To hold the attention of.
9. To keep from departing.
10. To keep from exhaling or expelling.
11. To organize or be responsible for;,, etc.; SYN. throw, have, make, give.
12. To remain committed to.
13. To remain in a certain state, position, or condition.
14. To stop dealing with.
15. To support or hold in a certain manner; SYN. carry, bear.
16. To take and maintain control over, often by violent means.
ETYM See Rein (n.).
(Homonym: rain, reign).
1. To stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins; SYN. rein in.
2. To stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins; SYN. rein in.
1. To conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to vanquish.
2. To overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to crush.
3. To destroy the force of; to overcome
4. To render submissive; to bring under command; to reduce to mildness or obedience; to tame
5. To reduce the intensity or degree of; to tone down; to soften; SYN. To conquer; overpower; overcome; surmount; vanquish.