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tr.v. strait·ened, strait·en·ing, strait·ens
1. To put or bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship.
a. To make narrow.
b. To enclose in a limited area; confine.
c. To restrict in latitude or scope.
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1. (tr; usually passive) to embarrass or distress, esp financially
2. (tr) to limit, confine, or restrict
3. archaic to make or become narrow
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v.t. -ened, -en•ing.
1. to put into esp. financial difficulties.
a. to make narrow.
b. to confine within narrow limits.
3. Archaic. to restrict in range, extent, or amount.
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Past participle: straitened
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|Verb||1.||straiten - bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship|
|2.||straiten - squeeze together|
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