costringere

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb, costringere, which means to force or to compel.  The past participle is costretto. It can also have the meaning of to have no option but (to), as seen in our example below:

Mio cugino ha perso il lavoro e non ce la fa più a pagare l’affitto di casa sua. È costretto a cercare un appartamento più economico.

My cousin lost his job, and he can’t pay the rent on his house. He has no option but to look for a cheaper apartment.

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