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"constraint" in British English

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constraintnoun

uk   /kənˈstreɪnt/  us   /kənˈstreɪnt/
C2 [C] something that ​controls what you do by ​keeping you within ​particularlimits: The constraints ofpoliteness wouldn't ​allow her to say what she really ​thought about his ​cooking. Financial constraints on the ​company are ​preventing them from ​employing new ​staff.
[U] formal unnaturalbehaviour that is sometimes the ​result of ​forcing yourself to ​act in a ​particular way: She ​tried to ​appearfriendly, but her constraint was ​obvious.
under constraint formal
If you do something under constraint, you do it only because you have been ​forced to: They ​confessed, but only under ​severe constraint.
(Definition of constraint from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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constraintnoun [C]

 us   /kənˈstreɪnt/
something that ​limits the ​range of a person’s ​actions or ​freedom: In Egypt, the ​biggest constraint on new ​agriculturalproduction is ​water.
(Definition of constraint from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"constraint" in Business English

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constraintnoun [C]

uk   us   /kənˈstreɪnt/
something that ​controls what you can do by ​keeping you within particular ​limits: The constraint of ​distributioncosts remains the severest of all.budget/financial, etc. constraints This ​growth in ​revenue may ​soften the government's ​budget constraints and ​allow it to ​increasepublicspending.big/major/serious constraint They believe that the new ​legislation will ​remove a ​major constraint to ​economicexpansion.a constraint on/to sth The ​cost of ​capital is an important constraint on ​businessactivity.place/put a constraint on sth Some ​externalfactorsplaced constraints on the ​scope of the ​work that could be ​undertaken. Among those ​conditions was a five-year time constraint. (= ​timelimit)
(Definition of constraint from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “constraint”
in Chinese (Simplified) 限制, 束缚, 约束…
in Turkish sınırlama, zorlama, kısıtlama…
in Russian ограничение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 限制, 束縛, 約束…
in Polish ograniczenie…
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