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Meaning of CONSTRAIN

Pronunciation:  kun'streyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"
  2. [v]  hold back

CONSTRAIN is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cumber, encumber, restrain, stiffen, tighten, tighten up
 See Also: bound, bound, bridle, clog, confine, confine, curb, limit, limit, restrain, restrict, restrict, throttle, throttle, trammel, trammel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*strain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Constrained}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Constraining}.] [OF. constraindre, F.
contrainde, L. constringere; con- + stringere to draw tight.
See {Strain}, and. cf. {Constrict}, {Constringe}.]
1. To secure by bonds; to chain; to bond or confine; to hold
   tightly; to constringe.

         He binds in chains The drowsy prophet, and his limbs
         constrains.                           --Dryden.

         When winter frosts constrain the fields with cold.

2. To bring into a narrow compass; to compress.

         How the strait stays the slender waist constrain.

3. To hold back by force; to restrain; to repress.

         My sire in caves constrains the winds. --Dryden.

4. To compel; to force; to necessitate; to oblige.

         The love of Christ constraineth us.   --2. Cor. v.

         I was constrained to appeal unto C[ae]sar. --Acts
                                               xxviii. 19.

5. To violate; to ravish. [Obs.] --Shak.

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

Syn: To compel; force; drive; impel; urge; press.

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