V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to hold back or limit; 2. to force to do something

Synonyms: restrain, restrict, limit, confine, force, pressure, impel, compel, oblige

Antonyms: liberate, release, free

Tips: Constrain has two somewhat opposing definitions: "force to act through compulsion or pressure" and "confine and restrain to particular limits." The related and very similar word constraint is a noun which denotes the act of constraining, the state of being constrained, or a physical restricting device, such as a leash.

Usage Examples:

The company was unable to hire new employees due to financial constraints. (restrictions, limitations) noun

A person may constrain his emotions when he is distressed, in order to seem in control. (restrain, limit)

I felt constrained to accept the invitation to my boss' party, since I knew it could help my career. (pressured, obliged) adverb

When I broke my arm while snowboarding, a heavy cast served as a constraint to inhibit motion and speed healing. (restrictive device) noun

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