verb (used with object)
- to make narrow.
- to confine within narrow limits.
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OTHER WORDS FROM straitenun·strait·ened, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for straiten
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