from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To compel by physical, moral, or circumstantial force; oblige: felt constrained to object. See Synonyms at force.
- transitive v. To keep within close bounds; confine: a life that had been constrained by habit to the same few activities and friends.
- transitive v. To inhibit or restrain; hold back: "Failing to control the growth of international debt will also constrain living standards” ( Ronald Brownstein).
- transitive v. To produce in a forced or inhibited manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to force physically, by strong persuasion or pressurizing; to compel; to oblige
- v. to keep within close bounds; to confine
- v. to reduce a result in response to limited resources
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To secure by bonds; to chain; to bond or confine; to hold tightly; to constringe.
- transitive v. To bring into a narrow compass; to compress.
- transitive v. To hold back by force; to restrain; to repress.
- transitive v. To compel; to force; to necessitate; to oblige.
- transitive v. To violate; to ravish.
- transitive v. To produce in such a manner as to give an unnatural effect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In general, to exert force, physical or moral, upon, either in urging to action or in restraining from it; press; urge; drive; restrain.
- Hence To urge with irresistible power, or with a force sufficient to produce the effect; compel; necessitate; oblige.
- To confine or hold by force; restrain from escape or action; repress or compress; bind.
- To check; repress; hinder; deter.
- To force.
- In mech.: To prevent the occurrence of (motion), except in a particular direction: as, the relative motions of the parts of any machine are always constrained.
- To prevent the operation of the motion of (a material point or body), except in a particular and definite manner: as, to constrain a part of a mechanism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hold back
- v. restrict
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.
But He delights to be held by beseeching hands, and our wishes 'constrain' Him.
It will lay on you a far more solemn and awful clutch, and like a jailer with his hand on the culprit's shoulder, will 'constrain' you into the presence of the Judge.
"We kind of constrain ourselves in a way to come up with different solutions to different problems."
However, the Government did not want to "constrain" the commission from considering other options, including a compulsory levy.
Murphy O'Connor said that there would soon be a battle over euthanasia and although the Prime Minister's personal convictions were with the reactionary religious leaders, he often felt the need to "constrain" them.
I guess the reaction that people seemed to have to that was just would this kind of constrain the number of programs that might qualify for this because I guess most of us thought they would make it as broad as possible just to help maximize the impact from a liquidity perspective.
"constrain" spiritual minds, to "live no longer to themselves, but to him who hath died for them."