Definition of straiten in US English:



  • Make or become narrow.

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