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constipate

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verb con·sti·pate \ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌpāt\

Definition of constipate

constipated

constipating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause constipation in

  3. 2 :  to make immobile, inactive, or dull :  stultify <so much clutter … will tend to constipate the novel's working order — Times Literary Supplement>



Origin and Etymology of constipate

Medieval Latin constipatus, past participle of constipare, from Latin, to crowd together, from com- + stipare to pack tight — more at stiff


First Known Use: 1533


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constipate

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transitive verb con·sti·pate \ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌpāt\

Medical Definition of constipate

constipated

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constipating

  1. :  to make costive :  cause constipation in




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