Synonyms and related words:
arrest, bottle up, bound, box in, box up, bridle, cabin, casket, check, cloister, closet, coffin, condition, confine, constrain, constrict, contain, contract, control, cool, cool off, copyright, cramp, crib, curb, curtail, decelerate, diminish, discipline, dompt, draw in, draw the line, encase, enjoin, entomb, go in, govern, guard, hedge about, hinder, hold, hold at bay, hold back, hold fast, hold in, hold in check, hold in leash, hold up, immure, inhibit, keep, keep back, keep from, keep in, keep in check, keep under control, lay under restraint, limit, moderate, narrow, patent, prohibit, pull, pull in, qualify, register, rein, rein in, restrain, restrict, retard, retrench, scant, set back, slow down, snape, snub, specialize, stint, taper, withhold

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  • Straiten — Strait en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Straitened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Straitening}.] 1. To make strait; to make narrow; hence, to contract; to confine. [1913 Webster] Waters, when straitened, as at the falls of bridges, give a roaring noise. Bacon. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • straiten — [strāt′ n] vt. 1. Now Rare a) to make strait or narrow b) to hem in closely c) to restrict or confine in scope, range, etc.; hamper 2. to bring into difficulties; cause to be in distress or want: usually in the phrase in straitened circumstances …   English World dictionary

  • straiten — transitive verb (straitened; straitening) Date: circa 1552 1. a. to make strait or narrow b. to hem in ; confine 2. archaic to restrict in freedom or scope ; hamper 3. to subject to distress, privation, or deficiency …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • straiten — /strayt n/, v.t. 1. to put into difficulties, esp. financial ones: His obligations had straitened him. 2. to restrict in range, extent, amount, pecuniary means, etc: Poverty straitens one s way of living. 3. Archaic. a. to make narrow. b. to… …   Universalium

  • straiten — verb a) To squeeze something together to make it narrow, or to confine it in a smaller space The channel straitened the river through the town, made it flow faster, and caused more flooding upstream. b) To restrict, especially financially. Rising …   Wiktionary

  • straiten — (Roget s IV) v. 1. [Distress] Syn. perplex, corner, fluster; see confuse , embarrass 1 . 2. [To limit] Syn. contract, confine, constrain; see hinder , restrict 2 . • in straitened circumstances, Syn. short of money, financially embarrassed,… …   English dictionary for students

  • straiten — straighten …   American English homophones

  • straiten — strait·en || streɪtn v. put in a difficult situation; restrict, confine; make narrow (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • straiten — verb 1》 [as adjective straitened] restricted in range.     ↘restricted because of poverty: they lived in straitened circumstances. 2》 archaic make or become narrow …   English new terms dictionary

  • straiten — v. a. 1. Confine, limit, constrict, contract, constrain. 2. Narrow. 3. Stretch, straighten, make tight or tense. 4. Distress, perplex, pinch, embarrass, press …   New dictionary of synonyms

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