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
Examples of constrict in a sentence
The drug is used to constrict blood vessels.
The declining economy has constricted job opportunities.
a life constricted by poverty and disease
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
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Definition of constrict for Students
: 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>
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