constrain (v.) Old form(s): constrain'd , constraines
force, compel, oblige
1H6 II.i.7[Sentinel to his colleague] Thus are poor servitors ... / Constrained to watch in darkness
Cym III.v.47[Queen to Cymbeline, of Innogen's seclusion] Whereto constrained by her infirmity
Cym V.v.141[Iachimo to Cymbeline] I am glad to be constrained to utter that / Which torments me to conceal
KL II.ii.95[Cornwall to all, of disguised Kent] Who ... doth affect / A saucy roughness, and constrains the garb / Quite from his nature [i.e. forces the manner of plain-speaking to go against itself]
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