Etymology
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straiten (v.)

1520s (transitive) "to restrict, make narrow," from strait (adj.) + -en (1). Related: straitened; straitening. Earlier verb was simply strait "to make narrow" (early 15c.).

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Definitions of straiten

straiten (v.)
bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship;
Synonyms: distress
straiten (v.)
squeeze together;
From wordnet.princeton.edu