strait·​en | \ˈstrā-tᵊn \
straitened; straitening\ ˈstrāt-​niŋ , ˈstrā-​tᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of straiten 

transitive verb

1a : 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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Despite the fact that the family's construction firm is relatively prosperous due to its generous share of government contracts, the family's finances are considerably straitened. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Paul Ryan Doesn't Know How Insurance Works," 9 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of straiten

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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