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Meaning of straiten

strait•en

Pronunciation: (strāt'n), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to put into difficulties, esp. financial ones: His obligations had straitened him.
  2. to restrict in range, extent, amount, pecuniary means, etc: Poverty straitens one's way of living.
    1. to make narrow.
    2. to confine within narrow limits.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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