What does straiten mean?

Definitions for straiten
ˈstreɪt nstrait·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. straiten, distressverb

    bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship

  2. straitenverb

    squeeze together


  1. straitenverb

    To make strait; to narrow or confine to a smaller space.

    The channel straitened the river through the town, made it flow faster, and caused more flooding upstream.

  2. straitenverb

    To restrict or diminish, especially financially.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Straitenverb

    Etymology: from strait.

    The city of Sion has a secure haven, yet with something a dangerous entrance, straitened on the north side by the sea-ruined wall of the mole. George Sandys, Journey.

    If this be our condition, thus to dwell
    In narrow circuit, straiten ’d by a foe,
    Subtile or violent. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Whatever straitens the vessels, so as the channels become more narrow, must heat; therefore strait cloaths and cold baths, heat. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    The straitning and confining the profession of the common law, must naturally extend and enlarge the jurisdiction of the church. Edward Hyde.

    The landed man finds him aggrieved by the falling of his rents, and the streightning of his fortune, whilst the monied man keeps up his gain. John Locke.

    Feeling can give us a notion of all ideas that enter at the eye, except colours; but it is very much streightened and confined to the number, bulk, and distance of its objects. Addison.

    The causes which straiten the British commerce, will enlarge the French. Joseph Addison, State of the War.

    Stretch them at their length,
    And pull the streighten’d cords with all your strength. Dryd.

    Morality, by her false guardians drawn,
    Chicane in furs, and casuistry in lawn,
    Gasps, as they straiten at each end the cord,
    And dies when dulness gives her page the word. Dunciad.

    Waters when straitned as in the falls of bridges, give a roaring noise. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    He could not be streightned in room or provisions, or compelled to fight. Edward Hyde.

    Several congregations find themselves very much straitned, and if the mode encrease, I wish it may not drive many ordinary women into meetings. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Men by continually striving and fighting to enlarge their bounds, and encroaching upon one another, seem to be straitned for want of room. John Ray.


  1. straiten

    Straiten generally means to make narrow, confine, restrict or limit. It can also refer to being in a position of difficulty, hardship, or financial distress.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Straitenverb

    to make strait; to make narrow; hence, to contract; to confine

  2. Straitenverb

    to make tense, or tight; to tighten

  3. Straitenverb

    to restrict; to distress or embarrass in respect of means or conditions of life; -- used chiefly in the past participle; -- as, a man straitened in his circumstances

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Anagrams for straiten »

  1. intreats

  2. nitrates

  3. tertians

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of straiten in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of straiten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7


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