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straiten

transitive verb strait·en \ˈstrā-tən\
strait·enedstrait·en·ing \ˈstrāt-niŋ, ˈstrā-tən-iŋ\

Definition of STRAITEN

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 <in straitened circumstances>

First Known Use of STRAITEN

circa 1552

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