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Definition of Constrain


  1. To secure by bonds; to chain; to bond or confine; to hold tightly; to constringe.
  2. To bring into a narrow compass; to compress.
  3. To hold back by force; to restrain; to repress.
  4. To compel; to force; to necessitate; to oblige.
  5. To violate; to ravish.
  6. To produce in such a manner as to give an unnatural effect; as, a constrained voice.

Constrain Quotations

While sanctions against Iran and Syria are intended to constrain those countries' governments, they have had the unfortunate side effect of constraining activists' access to free online software and services used widely across the Middle East, including browsers, online chat applications, and online storage services.
Rebecca MacKinnon

I see myself as someone who makes things. Definitions have never done anything but constrain.
Jonathan Safran Foer

For market discipline to constrain risk effectively, financial institutions must be allowed to fail. Under optimal financial regulatory and financial system infrastructures, such a failure would not threaten the overall system.
Henry Paulson

If your souls were not immortal, and you in danger of losing them, I would not thus speak unto you; but the love of your souls constrains me to speak: methinks this would constrain me to speak unto you forever.
George Whitefield

War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.
George Washington
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Constrain Translations

constrain in German is zwingen
constrain in Swedish is hindra
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