- to make narrow.
- to confine within narrow limits.
OTHER WORDS FROM straitenun·strait·ened, adjective
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Does he not, at this instant, straiten and invade your confederates, whom you have solemnly sworn to protect?The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant|John Hamilton Moore
O love immense and independent, which nothing can limit or straiten!Spiritual Torrents|Jeanne Marie Bouvires de la Mot Guyon
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
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
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