- to make narrow.
- to confine within narrow limits.
OTHER WORDS FROM straitenun·strait·ened, adjective
How to use straiten in a sentence
Such straitened times are simply ghastly, as fans of Downton will know.
Its individual countries will survive, of course, albeit in unnecessarily straitened circumstances.Half-Baked Treaty Deal Could Lead to Collapse of Euro Zone|Felix Salmon|December 9, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Even in straitened times, idiosyncratic literature should have its place.
For the bed is straitened, so that one must fall out, and a short covering cannot cover both.
And I cut off three shepherds in one month, and my soul was straitened in their regard: for their soul also varied in my regard.
During the first years of his life the parents may have lived in somewhat straitened circumstances.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician|Frederick Niecks
Both besiegers and besieged were now becoming straitened for ammunition, for the consumption had been immense.The Cornet of Horse|G. A. Henty
Carlyle still remained in straitened circumstances, although his reputation was now established.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII|John Lord