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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

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

con·stric·tive play \-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.

Origin 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>.

Medical Dictionary


transitive 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

  5. con·stric·tive \-ˈstrik-tiv\play adjective

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