[ streyt-n ]
/ ˈstreɪt n /

verb (used with object)

to put into difficulties, especially financial ones: His obligations had straitened him.
to restrict in range, extent, amount, pecuniary means, etc: Poverty straitens one's way of living.
  1. to make narrow.
  2. to confine within narrow limits.

Origin of straiten

First recorded in 1515–25; strait + -en1
Related formsun·strait·ened, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for straiten


/ (ˈstreɪtən) /


(tr; usually passive) to embarrass or distress, esp financially
(tr) to limit, confine, or restrict
archaic to make or become narrow
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