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straitened

[ streyt-nd ]
/ ˈstreɪt nd /
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adjective
characterized by financial difficulty or limited means: His early death left his widow and five young children in straitened circumstances.
restricted or limited; narrow or confining: She released her album on the Internet as a way of avoiding the “straitened formats” of radio and TV, she said.
verb
the simple past tense and past participle of straiten.
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Origin of straitened

First recorded in 1520–30 for def. 3; in 1600–10 for defs. 1, 2; straiten + -ed2 for the adjective senses; straiten + -ed1 for the verb sense
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