straiten

play
verb strait·en \ ˈstrā-tᵊn \

Definition of straiten

straitened; straitening play \ˈstrāt-niŋ, ˈstrā-tᵊn-iŋ\
transitive verb
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

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circa 1552


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