Definition of straitened in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstreɪtnd/


1Characterized by poverty: they lived in straitened circumstances
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  • Since it itself is only modestly profitable, the new company starts life in straitened circumstances.
  • Others who will be exempted from conscription are men doing service, and men in straitened family circumstances, on the basis of a report by the local administration and on application to the Defence Minister.
  • It had long been a Chamber priority to secure Cabinet-level representation for Waterford and this has been even more important during the last year given the straitened economic circumstances.
British  on the breadline, without a penny (to one's name)
informal broke, flat broke, cleaned out, strapped for cash, strapped, on one's uppers
British informal stony broke, skint, without two pennies/farthings to rub together, in Queer Street
North American informal stone broke
2Restricted in range or scope: their straitened horizons
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  • The Wyoming refuseniks adapt themselves to these straitened circumstances with a mixture of stoicism, masochism and whimsy, and Proulx follows suit, particularly enjoying fantastical moments.
  • I still think the staleness is there and very flattering to people who actually prefer straitened horizons.
  • So it is disappointing when one British writer who can stand up to the broad-sweeping visions of international novelists has to watch a writer of more straitened horizons take the plaudits.
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