from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make narrow.
- transitive v. To enclose in a limited area; confine.
- transitive v. To put or bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship.
- transitive v. Archaic To restrict in latitude or scope.
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- v. Common misspelling of straighten.
- v. To make strait; to narrow or confine to a smaller space.
- v. To restrict or diminish, especially financially.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make strait; to make narrow; hence, to contract; to confine.
- transitive v. To make tense, or tight; to tighten.
- transitive v. To restrict; to distress or embarrass in respect of means or conditions of life; -- used chiefly in the past participle; -- as, a man straitened in his circumstances.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make strait or narrow; narrow; contract; diminish.
- To confine; hem in.
- To draw tight; tighten.
- To hamper; inconvenience; restrict.
- To press hard, as with want or difficulties of any kind; distress; afflict with pecuniary difficulties: as, to be straitened in money matters.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. squeeze together
- v. bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship
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