straiten

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verb strait·en \ˈstrā-tən\

Definition of straiten

straitened

;

straitening

play \ˈstrāt-niŋ, ˈstrā-tən-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make strait or narrowb :  to hem in :  confine

  3. 2 archaic :  to restrict in freedom or scope :  hamper

  4. 3 :  to subject to distress, privation, or deficiency in straitened circumstances

Circa 1552

First Known Use of straiten

circa 1552


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