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tr.v. con·strained, con·strain·ing, con·strains
a. To keep within certain limits; confine or limit: "Legislators ... used the power of the purse to constrain the size of the military" (Julian E. Zelizer).
b. To inhibit or restrain; hold back: "She noticed her mother blushing and acting somewhat constrained in her conversation with the grandmother" (David Huddle).
2. To compel by physical, moral, or circumstantial force; oblige: felt constrained to object to his behavior.
3. To produce in a forced or inhibited manner: "This smile seemed to touch something off in her ... and playfully she constrained her own roguish smile" (Naeem Murr).
[Middle English constreinen, from Old French constraindre, constraign-, from Latin cōnstringere, to restrain, compress : com-, com- + stringere, to bind, press together; see streig- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
con·strain′ed·ly (-strā′nĭd-lē) adv.
1. to compel or force, esp by persuasion, circumstances, etc; oblige
2. to restrain by or as if by force; confine
[C14: from Old French constreindre, from Latin constringere to bind together, from stringere to bind]
1. to force, compel, or oblige.
2. to confine forcibly, as by bonds.
3. to repress or restrain.
Past participle: constrained
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|Verb||1.||constrain - hold back|
confine, limit, throttle, trammel, restrain, restrict, bound - place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
bridle - put a bridle on; "bridle horses"
curb - keep to the curb; "curb your dogs"
clog - impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden; "horses were clogged until they were tamed"
|2.||constrain - restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"|
1. restrict, confine, curb, restrain, rein, constrict, hem in, straiten, check, chain Women are too often constrained by family commitments.
1. To cause (a person or thing) to act or move in spite of resistance:
2. To control, restrict, or arrest:
constrain[kənˈstreɪn] vt → costringere
v. restringir; impedir.