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constrain
American English: /kənˈstreɪn/
British English: /kənˈstreɪn/

Translation of constrain in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • (compel) (often passive) she felt constrained to be polite
    se sintió obligada a ser cortés
    Example sentences
    • She was not constrained to follow His passage, but made a devastating beeline to wherever she thought she could pin Him down, only to discover in every instance that He was already gone.
    • We are constrained to apply only reasonable force when we, our families, or our property is attacked.
    • May the Lord graciously grant us this holy faith and the love for Christ that rises from it - a love that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, constraining us to lean on him alone.

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