What does constrain mean?

Definitions for constrainkənˈstreɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    hold back

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

    restrict

    "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"

Wiktionary

  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

Numerology

  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vladimir Put:

    Sanctions are sanctions, as far as sanctions are concerned .... (they're) about the need to constrain our development.

  2. Ronald Man:

    The economic outlook for South Korea remains challenging. Household consumption growth has not recovered, while weak global demand is forecast to constrain trade.

  3. John McCain:

    If we want to constrain the president's actions, we have the power of the purse, the Constitution says the president of the United States is the commander in chief.

  4. Frank Kendall:

    This should not constrain industry's freedom in any way that current regulations and statute don't already require, and it will have the benefit of ensuring more frequent and effective communication between industry and government.

  5. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew:

    Our partners fear that a trade agreement with an enforceable currency discipline could constrain the ability of their monetary authorities to conduct appropriate macroeconomic policies, and that is a risk they are unwilling to take.

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