constrain

[kuhn-streyn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to force, compel, or oblige: He was constrained to admit the offense.
2.
to confine forcibly, as by bonds.
3.
to repress or restrain: Cold weather constrained the plant's growth.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English constrei(g)nen < Anglo-French, Middle French constrei(g)n- (stem of constreindre) < Latin constringere. See con-, strain1

constrainable, adjective
constrainer, noun
constrainingly, adverb
nonconstraining, adjective
unconstrainable, adjective
unconstraining, adjective

coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige (see synonym study at oblige).


1. coerce. 2. check, bind.


2. free.
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constrain (kənˈstreɪn)
 
vb
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]
 
con'strainer
 
n

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constrain
mid-14c., from stem of O.Fr. constreindre, from L. constringere "to bind together, tie tightly," from com- "together" + stringere "to draw tight" (see strain (v.)).
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Example sentences
They may be my fences, but they constrain me as surely as they constrain the
  horses.
These ingredients limit the chemical reactions that can happen inside cells and
  so constrain what life can do.
So it's public regulation to constrain private regulation.
Not only does this constrain the usual hyperbolic marketing.
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