verb (used with object)
- to make narrow.
- to confine within narrow limits.
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OTHER WORDS FROM straitenun·strait·ened, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for straiten
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