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Definition of "constrain" []

  • To compel by physical, moral, or circumstantial force; oblige: felt constrained to object. See Synonyms at force. (verb-transitive)
  • To keep within close bounds; confine: a life that had been constrained by habit to the same few activities and friends. (verb-transitive)
  • To inhibit or restrain; hold back: "Failing to control the growth of international debt will also constrain living standards” ( Ronald Brownstein). (verb-transitive)
  • To produce in a forced or inhibited manner. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "constrain" in a sentence
  • "Even with the targeted procurement it is not enough to develop and empower women owned businesses, another constrain is the supply side."
  • "The Obama administration's new nuclear arms reduction agreement with Russia has been beset by a chorus of conservative claims that it will "constrain" U.S. efforts to develop missile defenses, in the words of Charles Krauthammer, among many others."
  • "The Association must so present its work to the churches as to "constrain" them to give; drag them by the chains of Christian duty to give; those who can of their abundance abundantly; those who must of their penury, with this tremendous self-sacrifice."