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      vb   tr  
1    to compel or force, esp. by persuasion, circumstances, etc.; oblige  
2    to restrain by or as if by force; confine  
     (C14: from Old French constreindre, from Latin constringere to bind together, from stringere to bind)  
  constrainer      n  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    bind, coerce, compel, drive, force, impel, necessitate, oblige, pressure, pressurize, urge  
2    chain, check, confine, constrict, curb, hem in, rein, restrain, straiten  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

! Constrain v.
to quit someone from doing what they wish to do
I was constrained to tell a lie because there was no way to hide it.

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