- to force, compel, or oblige: He was constrained to admit the offense.
- to confine forcibly, as by bonds.
- to repress or restrain: Cold weather constrained the plant's growth.
Origin of constrain
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Examples from the Web for constrain
Isha Aran at Jezebel worries that the show “glorif[ies] the way religion can constrain people.”Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism
January 1, 2015
This argument is vital to a larger argument: Do we obey the rules set up to constrain government or not?Obama’s ISIS War Is Illegal
Sen. Rand Paul
November 10, 2014
But when you can sing like that, how can you constrain that voice and possibly be comfortable in the back?‘20 Feet From Stardom’: Judith Hill, Darlene Love, and Lisa Fischer Star in the Oscar-Shortlisted Documentary
January 10, 2014
President Obama is at least as eager to constrain Medicare spending as Republicans, possibly even more so.Wanna Beat Obama? Here's How
December 13, 2012
The response will be to get more security, to constrain how freely ambassadors move around.Finger-Pointing Set to Begin in Fatal Attack on U.S. Compound in Libya
September 14, 2012
I beg your pardon, but my brother; he shall not constrain me.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Would you profit by the authority you possess over her to constrain her will?One Of Them
Charles James Lever
But only the vision of the Love that was willing to be broken for us can constrain us to be willing for that.The Calvary Road
Masters were forbidden to constrain slaves to marry against their will.
The hand of the bat has become so modified as to constrain the bat to live in the air.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
- to compel or force, esp by persuasion, circumstances, etc; oblige
- to restrain by or as if by force; confine
Word Origin and History for constrain
early 14c., constreyen, from stem of Old French constreindre (Modern French contraindre) "restrain, control," from Latin constringere "to bind together, tie tightly, fetter, shackle, chain," from com- "together" (see com-) + stringere "to draw tight" (see strain (v.)). Related: Constrained; constraining.