enstraiten

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

En- + straiten.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

enstraiten (third-person singular simple present enstraitens, present participle enstraitening, simple past and past participle enstraitened)

  1. (archaic) Render narrow or narrower; make strait; curtail (property).
    • 1589: Robert Payne, A briefe description of Ireland, p11
      He hath already to plesure his countrie instraightned his demeanes.
  2. (rare, literary) Constrain; bring into straits.
    • 1618: Edmund Bolton, The Roman histories of Lucius Julius Florus, p142
      But the Romans had enstraitned her before she was aware thereof.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Oxford English Dictionary (2007).

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