Definition of constrain
1a : to force by imposed stricture, restriction, or limitation Teenagers often feel constrained by rules. an artist constrained by a client's requirementsb : to restrict the motion of (a mechanical body) to a particular mode
2 : compress; also : to clasp tightly
4 : to force or produce in an unnatural or strained manner a constrained smile
5 : to hold back by or as if by force “ … constraining my mind not to wander from the task.” — Charles Dickens
constrainedlyplay \kən-ˈstrā-nəd-lē, -ˈstrānd-lē\ adverb
Examples of constrain in a Sentence
constrained by conscience to tell only the truth
constrained his anger at the needless interruption
Recent Examples of constrain from the Web
Southwest Airlines will join other U.S. carriers in reducing flights to Cuba, saying laws that restrict Americans from traveling there for tourism are constraining demand.
With the family's apartment destroyed and the breadwinner gone, Flescher and her brother and mother went to live with a relative, in the area of the city to which the surviving Jews — almost all women and children — were constrained.
And that disagreement has constrained American leaders, who’ve made clear that any U.S. military activity in Syria avoid provoking an open confrontation between the U.S. and Russia, the world’s two greatest nuclear powers.
Whether the president understands those limitations, and is constrained by them, remains to be seen.
But some transportation planners outside the city government view it as virtually a foregone conclusion, given that the capacity of above-ground MAX trains is constrained downtown by the city's short block faces.
A drunken man became noisy, and some of the attendants felt constrained to knock him down and kick him out into the street.
But his influence would be constrained, at least in the short term, because Ms. Yellen played a key role in developing those regulations.
A special counsel, by design, is constrained by the terms of his appointment to avoid boundless and perpetually open-ended investigations.
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Synonym Discussion of constrain
CONSTRAIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of constrain for English Language Learners
: to limit or restrict (something or someone)
: to use pressure to force (someone) to do something
CONSTRAIN Defined for Kids
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