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Verb: constrain  kun'streyn
  1. Limit or hold back; keep within a small range
    - restrain, encumber, cumber [archaic]
     
  2. (of laws or regulations) make more restrictive, or impose greater penalties
    - stiffen, tighten, tighten up

Derived forms: constrained, constraining, constrains

Type of: bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

Encyclopedia: Constrain