Meaning of “straitened” in the English Dictionary

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"straitened" in British English

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straitenedadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈstreɪ.tənd/ us /ˈstreɪ.tənd/ formal

A straitened situation is difficult because there is much less money available to you than there was in the past:

A lot of people are finding themselves in very straitened circumstances because of the recession.

(Definition of “straitened” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)