verb con·strict \kən-ˈstrikt\

: to make (something) narrower, smaller, or tighter

: to become narrower, smaller, or tighter

: to prevent or keep (something or someone) from developing freely

Full Definition of CONSTRICT

transitive verb
a :  to make narrow or draw together
b :  compress, squeeze <constrict a nerve>
:  to stultify, stop, or cause to falter :  inhibit
intransitive verb
:  to become constricted
con·stric·tive \-ˈstrik-tiv\ adjective

Examples of CONSTRICT

  1. The drug is used to constrict blood vessels.
  2. The declining economy has constricted job opportunities.
  3. a life constricted by poverty and disease
  4. He felt constricted by their notions of what was proper.


Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere
First Known Use: 1732

Synonym Discussion of CONSTRICT

contract, shrink, condense, compress, constrict, deflate mean to decrease in bulk or volume. contract applies to a drawing together of surfaces or particles or a reduction of area or length <caused her muscles to contract>. shrink implies a contracting or a loss of material and stresses a falling short of original dimensions <the sweater will shrink when washed>. condense implies a reducing of something homogeneous to greater compactness without significant loss of content <condense the essay into a paragraph>. compress implies a pressing into a small compass and definite shape usually against resistance <compressed cotton into bales>. constrict implies a tightening that reduces diameter <the throat is constricted by a tight collar>. deflate implies a contracting by reducing the internal pressure of contained air or gas <deflate the balloon>.
CONSTRICT Defined for Kids


verb con·strict \kən-ˈstrikt\

Definition of CONSTRICT for Kids

:  to make narrower, smaller, or tighter by drawing together :  squeeze <The coldness inside of him had moved upward into his throat constricting it. — Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb con·strict \kən-ˈstrikt\

Medical Definition of CONSTRICT

:  to make narrow or draw together <constrict the pupil of the eye>
:  to subject (as a body part) to compression <constrict a nerve>
intransitive verb
:  to become constricted
con·stric·tive \-ˈstrik-tiv\ adjective


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