verb (used with object)
- to make narrow.
- to confine within narrow limits.
Examples from the Web for straiten
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)|Various
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
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.The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1808)|Daniel Defoe
O love immense and independent, which nothing can limit or straiten!Spiritual Torrents|Jeanne Marie Bouvires de la Mot Guyon