Part of speech: verb

To compel; urge; oblige; compress.

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Usage examples "constrain":

  1. Madame de Maintenon, hoping to reform him, and wishing to constrain him to beget them an heir, made him consent to the bonds of marriage. - "The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Volume VI. Being the Historic Memoirs of the Court of Louis XIV.", Madame La Marquise De Montespan.
  2. But as it is sinful to defer religious exercises till affliction, presenting the prospect of death, constrain to attempt them, so it is wrong to imagine, that the pressure of calamity principally should constrain to make solemn vows. - "The Ordinance of Covenanting", John Cunningham.
  3. Later still, unable to constrain himself any longer:-" Didn't- you- tell- me, M'riar, that Mrs. P. she told you her father lived at Darenth in Essex?" - "When Ghost Meets Ghost", William Frend De Morgan.