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Meaning of constrain

con•strain

Pronunciation: (kun-strān'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to force, compel, or oblige: He was constrained to admit the offense.
  2. to confine forcibly, as by bonds.
  3. to repress or restrain: Cold weather constrained the plant's growth.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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