- 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.
- to make narrow.
- to confine within narrow limits.
Origin of straiten
Related Words for straitenedfluster, corner, confuse, perplex, restrict, hinder, constrain, confine, contract
Examples from the Web for straitened
Contemporary Examples of straitened
Even in straitened times, idiosyncratic literature should have its place.Underground Novel of the Year
March 5, 2009
Historical Examples of straitened
A thousand pounds is a heavy venture for one so straitened as I am.
Can it be that the rarity of this virtue in England has to do with our living in a straitened island?Weighed and Wanting
His means were straitened, and he lived upon the contributions of his friends.Self-Help
We will not weary you by writing how straitened we have been.The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI
Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
A straitened existence, sweet in spite of everything, now began for them.Doctor Pascal
- (tr; usually passive) to embarrass or distress, esp financially
- (tr) to limit, confine, or restrict
- archaic to make or become narrow
c.1600, "too narrow;" 1716, "reduced to hardship;" see strait (n.). Phrase straitened circumstances recorded from 1766.