Definitions for constrainkənˈstreɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to force, compel, or oblige.

  2. to confine forcibly, as by bonds.

  3. 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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. restrain, encumber, cumber, constrain(verb)

    hold back

  2. stiffen, tighten, tighten up, constrain(verb)


    "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"


  1. constrain(Verb)

    to force physically, by strong persuasion or pressurizing; to compel; to oblige

  2. constrain(Verb)

    to keep within close bounds; to confine

  3. constrain(Verb)

    to reduce a result in response to limited resources

  4. Origin: constraindre, ultimately from constringō. Compare contraindre.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constrain(verb)

    to secure by bonds; to chain; to bond or confine; to hold tightly; to constringe

  2. Constrain(verb)

    to bring into a narrow compass; to compress

  3. Constrain(verb)

    to hold back by force; to restrain; to repress

  4. Constrain(verb)

    to compel; to force; to necessitate; to oblige

  5. Constrain(verb)

    to violate; to ravish

  6. Constrain(verb)

    to produce in such a manner as to give an unnatural effect; as, a constrained voice

Anagrams of constrain

  1. consarn it, introscan, non-racist, nonracist, transonic


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