/ˈstreıtn̩d/ adj, always used before a noun
formal : not having enough money : having less money than before

They live in straitened circumstances.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • strait|ened — «STRAY tuhnd», adjective. 1. limited or reduced, especially to insufficiency: »straitened means or income. 2. needing money badly; hampered by insufficiency of means: »The day before payday found him in straitened circumstances. 3. Archaic.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • straitened — strait|ened [ˈstreıtnd] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: strait narrow ; STRAIT] not having enough money, especially not as much as you had before ▪ the straitened circumstances of post war Japan …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • straitened — strait|ened [ streıtnd ] adjective FORMAL made difficult by financial problems: straitened circumstances …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • straiten — strait•en [[t]ˈstreɪt n[/t]] v. t. ened, en•ing 1) to put into esp. financial difficulties 2) a) to make narrow b) to confine within narrow limits 3) archaic to restrict in range, extent, or amount • Etymology: 1515–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • ness — ness·ber·ry; ness·ler·iza·tion; ness·ler·ize; ness·ler s; new·fan·gled·ness; new·ness; news·i·ness; nice·ness; nig·gard·li·ness; nig·gard·ness; nigh·ness; nip·pi·ness; no·ble·ness; nois·i·ness; non·cha·lant·ness; north·er·li·ness; north·ness;… …   English syllables

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