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English verb: constrain

1. constrain (contact) hold back


Synonymscumber, encumber, restrain


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel


Narrower (hyponym)bridle, clog, curb

2. constrain (change) restrict


SamplesTighten the rules.
Stiffen the regulations.


Synonymsstiffen, tighten, tighten up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel









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