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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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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