straiten

verb
strait·​en | \ ˈstrā-tᵊn How to pronounce straiten (audio) \
straitened; straitening\ ˈstrāt-​niŋ How to pronounce straitening (audio) , 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

Examples of straiten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Generally, its decisions tend toward loosening rather than straitening the rules. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "Mary Norris’s Thoughts on Pesky Possessives," 30 Oct. 2019 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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12 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Straiten.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straitening. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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