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straiten

[streyt-n] /ˈstreɪt n/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put into difficulties, especially financial ones:
His obligations had straitened him.
2.
to restrict in range, extent, amount, pecuniary means, etc:
Poverty straitens one's way of living.
3.
Archaic.
  1. to make narrow.
  2. to confine within narrow limits.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; strait + -en1
Related forms
unstraitened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for straiten

straiten

/ˈstreɪtən/
verb
1.
(transitive; usually passive) to embarrass or distress, esp financially
2.
(transitive) to limit, confine, or restrict
3.
(archaic) to make or become narrow
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