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Definitions of constrain

  1. To hold down or keep back by force; restrain; to urge, drive, or compel; as, his conscience constrains him to do right. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To urge with irresistible power: to force. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To urge irresistibly; compel; to bind. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To compel; urge; oblige; compress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. To secure by bonds; to chain; to bond or confine; to hold tightly; to constringe. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To bring into a narrow compass; to compress. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. To hold back by force; to restrain; to repress. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To compel; to force; to necessitate; to oblige. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To urge or force, either by impelling or restraining; to urge with irresistible power; to necessitate; to confine or restrain by force; to bind. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. To force or compel; to press or urge with a force sufficient to produce a desired effect. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. CONSTRAINABLE. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

Usage examples for constrain

  1. Nor will I indulge a doubt but that the sense of justice of Great Britain will constrain her to make retribution for any wrong or loss which any American citizen engaged in the prosecution of lawful commerce may have experienced at the hands of her cruisers or other public authorities. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  2. Then spake Hagen of Troneg: Ye noble knights and good, let him whom pangs of thirst constrain drink here this blood. – The Nibelungenlied by Unknown
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