Definition of straiten in US English:



  • Make or become narrow.

    with object ‘the passage was straitened by tables’
    • ‘He braces himself as if under attack then straitens up and watches the plane.’
    • ‘She turned around straitening the uniform jacket of the store, which was black and had the owner's name stitched in gold by the collar.’
    • ‘I was straitening my dress, and I turned around and he was gone.’
    • ‘‘Night, partner, sweet dreams,’ she grinned, pulling away and straitening her clothes.’
    • ‘Give me a good pair of sneakers any day, she thought while straitening the red tube top Sara had somehow convinced her to wear.’
    • ‘She sat high, straitening her despairing posture.’
    • ‘Serge turns around to face his brothers, straitening his cape,’
    • ‘Angie didn't give him time to reply as she stood up, wiping away her tears and straitening her shirt.’
    • ‘Even Isabella began straitening out her blue dress.’
    restrict, restrain, constrain, hamper, confine, curb, check, hinder, handicap, obstruct, impede, interfere with, forestall, thwart, frustrate
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