verb (used with object)
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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|Samantha Allen|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This argument is vital to a larger argument: Do we obey the rules set up to constrain government or not?
But when you can sing like that, how can you constrain that voice and possibly be comfortable in the back?
President Obama is at least as eager to constrain Medicare spending as Republicans, possibly even more so.
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|Winston Ross|September 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
With this money they were enabled to control the markets and constrain Russian institutions and individuals to bow to their will.England and Germany|Emile Joseph Dillon
It seems as though the moral of these fables implies that a supreme necessity may constrain one to comply with evil.Theodicy|G. W. Leibniz
You cannot form the idea of my father's wishing to constrain you to accept him!The Sylph, Volume I and II|Georgiana Cavendish
None did awake them, none did constrain them to eat, drink, nor do any other thing; for so had Gargantua established it.
At length the Holstein nobleman behaved in such a manner as to constrain B. to send him a challenge.Memoirs of Leonora Christina|Leonora Christina Ulfeldt
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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.