To secure by bonds; to chain; to bond or confine; to hold tightly; to constringe.
- To compel by physical, moral, or circumstantial force; oblige: felt constrained to object. See Synonyms at force.
- To keep within close bounds; confine: a life that had been constrained by habit to the same few activities and friends.
- To inhibit or restrain; hold back: "Failing to control the growth of international debt will also constrain living standards” ( Ronald Brownstein).
- To produce in a forced or inhibited manner.