Definition of constrain
- Teenagers often feel constrained by rules.
- an artist constrained by a client's requirements
- a constrained smile
- " … constraining my mind not to wander from the task."
- —Charles Dickens
constrained by conscience to tell only the truth
constrained his anger at the needless interruption
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'constrain.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
: to limit or restrict (something or someone)
: to use pressure to force (someone) to do something
What made you want to look up constrain? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
without deliberation, pause, or delay
Get Word of the Day daily email!