Definitions of constrain

  1. 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
  2. restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. To violate; to ravish. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To secure by bonds; to chain; to bond or confine; to hold tightly; to constringe. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. To bring into a narrow compass; to compress. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. To hold back by force; to restrain; to repress. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To compel; to force; to necessitate; to oblige. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. To produce in such a manner as to give an unnatural effect; as, a constrained voice. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. 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.
  10. To urge with irresistible power: to force. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. CONSTRAINABLE. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. To urge irresistibly; compel; to bind. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. To compel; urge; oblige; compress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. kon-str[=a]n', v.t. to urge with irresistible power: to force, compel: to distress: to confine: to limit: to cause constraint.--adj. CONSTRAIN'ABLE.--p.adj. CONSTRAINED', forced, compelled: embarrassed.--adv. CONSTRAIN'EDLY.--n. CONSTRAINT', irresistible force: compulsion: confinement: repression of one's feelings: embarrassment. [O. Fr. constraindre--L. constring[)e]re--con, together, string[)e]re, to press. See STRAIN.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Compel (person to do, to course or state, or abs.); bring about by compulsion; confine forcibly, imprison, (lit. & fig.); (p.p.) forced, embarrassed, as c. voice, manner, whence constrainedly adv. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary