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[streyt-n] /ˈstreɪt n/
verb (used with object)
to put into difficulties, especially financial ones:
His obligations had straitened him.
to restrict in range, extent, amount, pecuniary means, etc:
Poverty straitens one's way of living.
  1. to make narrow.
  2. to confine within narrow limits.
1515-25; strait + -en1
Related forms
unstraitened, adjective Unabridged
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  • But even in its straitened state, the picture retained some of its old power.
  • Another casualty of these straitened financial conditions has been the physical plants of community colleges.
  • In today's straitened times, such policies are harder to finance.
  • But-especially in such straitened times-prime ministers are mostly judged on how they cope with their domestic challenges.
  • E-commerce holds particular appeal in straitened times as it enables people to compare prices across retailers quickly and easily.
  • Self-service technology may provide other ways of helping companies through straitened times.
  • But even in these straitened times, the city-state has rolled out this latest bauble with its usual flair.
  • It argues that its obsessive focus on low prices is in keeping with the straitened times.
  • It all sounds a bit blander, to suit these more straitened times.
  • The welfare state, built on postwar prosperity, has become too expensive for these straitened times.
British Dictionary definitions for straitened


(transitive; usually passive) to embarrass or distress, esp financially
(transitive) to limit, confine, or restrict
(archaic) to make or become narrow
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Word Origin and History for straitened

c.1600, "too narrow;" 1716, "reduced to hardship;" see strait (n.). Phrase straitened circumstances recorded from 1766.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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