Definitions for constrainkənˈstreɪn
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word constrain
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to force, compel, or oblige.
to confine forcibly, as by bonds.
to repress or restrain.
Origin of constrain:
1275–1325; ME constrei(g)nen < AF, MF constrei(g)n-, s. of constreindre < L constringere. See con -, strain1
restrain, encumber, cumber, constrain(verb)
stiffen, tighten, tighten up, constrain(verb)
"Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"
to force physically, by strong persuasion or pressurizing; to compel; to oblige
to keep within close bounds; to confine
to reduce a result in response to limited resources
Origin: constraindre, ultimately from constringō. Compare contraindre.
to secure by bonds; to chain; to bond or confine; to hold tightly; to constringe
to bring into a narrow compass; to compress
to hold back by force; to restrain; to repress
to compel; to force; to necessitate; to oblige
to violate; to ravish
to produce in such a manner as to give an unnatural effect; as, a constrained voice
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