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constrict

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verb con·strict \kən-ˈstrikt\

Simple Definition of constrict

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

  • : to become narrower, smaller, or tighter

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of constrict

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make narrow or draw together b :  compress, squeeze <constrict a nerve>

  3. 2 :  to stultify, stop, or cause to falter :  inhibit

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become constricted

constrictive

play \-ˈstrik-tiv\ adjective

Examples of constrict in a sentence

  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.



Did You Know?

Arteries constricted by cholesterol slow the flow of blood, just as traffic arteries or highways constricted by accidents slow the flow of traffic. But constriction isn't always physical. Economic growth may be constricted by trade barriers. A narrow, constricted life may be the result of poverty or lack of opportunity. And an actress may feel constricted by a role she played as a child or by her TV character from years ago, which the public refuses to forget.

Origin and Etymology of constrict

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

constrict

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verb con·strict \kən-ˈstrikt\

Definition of constrict for Students

constricted

constricting

  1. :  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

constrict

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verb con·strict \kən-ˈstrikt\

Medical Definition of constrict

  1. 1:  to make narrow or draw together <constrict the pupil of the eye>

  2. 2:  to subject (as a body part) to compression <constrict a nerve>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become constricted

constrictive

\-ˈstrik-tiv\play adjective




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