AskDefine | Define constrain

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constrain

Verb

1 hold back [syn: restrain, encumber, cumber]
2 restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations" [syn: stiffen, tighten, tighten up]

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Pronunciation

Verb

  1. to force physically, by strong persuasion or pressurizing; to compel; to oblige
  2. to keep within close bounds; to confine
  3. to reduce a result in response to limited resources

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Constraint may refer to:

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