- 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
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Examples from the Web for straitened
Even in straitened times, idiosyncratic literature should have its place.Underground Novel of the Year
March 5, 2009
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
Word Origin and History for straitened
c.1600, "too narrow;" 1716, "reduced to hardship;" see strait (n.). Phrase straitened circumstances recorded from 1766.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper