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constrain

(Compel), verb actuate, apply pressure, assert oneself, bring about by force, bring pressure to bear upon, burden, cause to, charge, coerce, cogere, command, command influence, compel, compellere, decree, demand, dominate, drive, enforce, enforce obedience, exact, exert influence, force, goad, have influence, impel, impose, immose a duty, induce, insist, insist on, issue a command, leave no option, make necessary, move, move to action, necessitate, obligate, oblige, order, press, pressure, prevail upon, prod, propel, push, put pressure on, put under obliiation, require, secure by force, squeeze, subject, take no denial, tell, urge, urge forward, work upon

constrain

(Imprison), verb arrest, bind, bridle, chain, circumscribe, commit, commit to an institution, commit to prison, confine, confine forcibly, detain, enclose, enthrall, entomb, harness, hold, hold as hostage, hold back by force, hold captive, hold in restraint, immure, impound, institutionalize, intern, isolate, jail, keep as captive, keep in custody, keep in detention, keep prisoner, limit, manacle, put in a cell, put under arrest, put under restraint, restrain, restrict, send to prison, shackle, take captive, take into custody, trammel

constrain

(Restrain), verb ban, bar, block, bridle, censor, chain, check, control, curb, debar, deny, disallow, forbid, hamper, harness, hinder, hold back, hold back by force, hold down, hold in, hold in check, impede, impose restrictions, inhibit, keep back, keep in check, lay under reetraint, limit, obstruct, oppress, preclude, prevent, prohibit, proscribe, put a stop to, put under restraint, refuse, refuse to grant, repress, restrain, restrict, restrict access, subdue, subjugate, suppress, withhold
See also: allay, apprehend, arrest, bind, check, coerce, command, commit, compel, confine, constrict, contain, control, debar, detain, disadvantage, enforce, enjoin, exact, foist, force, halt, hinder, immure, impose, imprison, inhibit, jail, keep, limit, make, moderate, obligate, pressure, require, restrain, restrict, stay, stifle, subject, trammel, withhold
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But I constrain no man to converse or to feed with him.
Since thou dost in thy cruelty desire The ruthless rigour of thy tyranny From tongue to tongue, from land to land proclaimed, The very Hell will I constrain to lend This stricken breast of mine deep notes of woe To serve my need of fitting utterance.
So it happens with fortune, who shows her power where valour has not prepared to resist her, and thither she turns her forces where she knows that barriers and defences have not been raised to constrain her.
Of course it is a sad and sorry thing to have to live among strangers, and to be forced to seek their patronage, and to conceal and constrain one's own personality-- but God will help me.
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