What does constrain mean?

Definitions for constrainkənˈstreɪn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word constrain.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Constrain

    kon-strān′, v.t. to urge with irresistible power: to force, compel: to distress: to confine: to limit: to cause constraint.—adj. Constrain′able.—p.adj. Constrained′, forced, compelled: embarrassed.—adv. Constrain′edly.—n. Constraint′, irresistible force: compulsion: confinement: repression of one's feelings: embarrassment. [O. Fr. constraindre—L. constringĕrecon, together, stringĕre, to press. See Strain.]

Anagrams for constrain »

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of constrain in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of constrain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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