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English noun: curb

1. curb (artifact) an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)

Synonymscurbing, kerb

Broader (hypernym)edge

Part holonymcurbstone, kerbstone

2. curb (artifact) a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse

Synonymscurb bit

Broader (hypernym)bit

3. Curb (artifact) a stock exchange in New York

SynonymsAmerican Stock Exchange, AMEX

Instance hypernymsecurities market, stock exchange, stock market

4. curb (act) the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

SamplesHis common sense is a bridle to his quick temper.

Synonymsbridle, check

Broader (hypernym)restraint

English verb: curb

1. curb (social) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

SamplesModerate your alcohol intake.
Hold your tongue.
Hold your temper.
Control your anger.

Synonymscheck, contain, control, hold, hold in, moderate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold back, keep, keep back, restrain

Narrower (hyponym)abnegate, bate, bound, catch, confine, conquer, counteract, countercheck, crucify, curb, damp, deny, inhibit, limit, mortify, restrain, restrict, restrict, stamp down, subdue, subdue, suppress, thermostat, throttle, train, trammel

2. curb (change) to put down by force or authority

SamplesSuppress a nascent uprising.
Stamp down on littering.
Conquer one's desires.

Synonymsconquer, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate

Narrower (hyponym)blink, blink away, burke, choke back, choke down, choke off, dampen, hush, hush up, muffle, quell, quench, quieten, repress, shut up, silence, silence, smother, squelch, stifle, stifle, still, strangle, wink

3. curb (contact) keep to the curb

SamplesCurb your dogs.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain

4. curb (change) place restrictions on

SamplesCurtail drinking in school.

Synonymscurtail, cut back, restrict

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)circumscribe, confine, limit

Narrower (hyponym)abridge, immobilise, immobilize

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