Constrain

Con*strain"

(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Constrained (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Constraining.] [OF. constraindre, F. contrainde, L. constringere; con- + stringere to draw tight. See Strain, and. cf. Constrict, Constringe.] 1. To secure by bonds; to chain; to bond or confine; to hold tightly; to constringe.
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He binds in chains
The drowsy prophet, and his limbs constrains.
Dryden.
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When winter frosts constrain the fields with cold.
Dryden.
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2. To bring into a narrow compass; to compress.
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How the strait stays the slender waist constrain.
Gay.
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3. To hold back by force; to restrain; to repress.
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My sire in caves constrains the winds.
Dryden.
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4. To compel; to force; to necessitate; to oblige.
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The love of Christ constraineth us.
2. Cor. v. 14.
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I was constrained to appeal unto Csar.
Acts xxviii. 19.
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5. To violate; to ravish. [Obs.] Shak.
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6. To produce in such a manner as to give an unnatural effect; as, a constrained voice.

Syn. -- To compel; force; drive; impel; urge; press.
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