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Definition 1: severely restrict in scope or extent - [verb of change]

Samples where constrain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tighten the rules
  • stiffen the regulations

Synonyms for constrain in the sense of this definition

(constrain is a kind of ...) place limits on (extent or amount or access)

"restrict the use of this parking lot" "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

Definition 2: to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement - [verb of contact]

Samples where constrain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for constrain in the sense of this definition

(constrain is a kind of ...) make unable to perform a certain action

"disable this command on your computer"

(... is a kind of constrain ) secure with or as if with ropes

"tie down the prisoners" "tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"

(... is a kind of constrain ) restrain with fetters

(... is a kind of constrain ) restrain or bind with chains

(... is a kind of constrain ) bind the arms of

(... is a kind of constrain ) place or shut up in a pound

"pound the cows so they don't stray"

(... is a kind of constrain ) shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits

"The prisoners are safely pounded"

(... is a kind of constrain ) confine in a fold, like sheep

(... is a kind of constrain ) confine or restrict to the ground

"After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot"

Samples where constrain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Social relations impose courtesy
  • duty constrains one to act often contrary to one's desires or inclinations

Synonyms for constrain in the sense of this definition

(constrain is a kind of ...) force somebody to do something

"We compel all students to fill out this form"

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