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constrain

[ kuhn-streyn ]
/ kənˈstreɪn /
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verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of constrain

1275–1325; Middle English constrei(g)nen<Anglo-French, Middle French constrei(g)n- (stem of constreindre) <Latin constringere.See con-, strain1

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH constrain

coerce, compel, constrain , force, oblige
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British Dictionary definitions for constrain

constrain
/ (kənˈstreɪn) /

verb (tr)
to compel or force, esp by persuasion, circumstances, etc; oblige
to restrain by or as if by force; confine

Derived forms of constrain

constrainer, noun

Word Origin for constrain

C14: from Old French constreindre, from Latin constringere to bind together, from stringere to bind
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