Pronunciation: (strāt'n), [key]
1. to put into difficulties, esp. financial ones: His obligations had straitened him.
2. to restrict in range, extent, amount, pecuniary means, etc: Poverty straitens one's way of living.
a. to make narrow.
b. to confine within narrow limits.
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