- to put into difficulties, especially financial ones: His obligations had straitened him.
- to restrict in range, extent, amount, pecuniary means, etc: Poverty straitens one's way of living.
- to make narrow.
- to confine within narrow limits.
Origin of straiten
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Examples from the Web for straiten
O love immense and independent, which nothing can limit or straiten!Spiritual Torrents
Jeanne Marie Bouvires de la Mot Guyon
Hatsell, Baron—Mr. Cowper, I would not have you straiten yourself, but only ask those questions that are pertinent.State Trials Vol. 2 (of 2)
I want you to consider what per cent you can pay, and not straiten yourselves too much.Hope Mills
Amanda M. Douglas
He told me he could not say but it might straiten him a little; but, however, it was my money, and I might want it more than he.
Col. Harden, at the same time, with a body of mounted militia, had it in charge to straiten the enemy upon the Edisto.The Life of Francis Marion
William Gilmore Simms
- (tr; usually passive) to embarrass or distress, esp financially
- (tr) to limit, confine, or restrict
- archaic to make or become narrow
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