con·strict verb \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
a : to make narrow or draw together
b : compress, squeeze <constrict a nerve>
: to stultify, stop, or cause to falter : inhibit
Examples of CONSTRICT
- 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
past participle of constringere
First Known Use: 1732
Rhymes with CONSTRICT
con·strict transitive verb \kən-ˈstrikt\ (Medical Dictionary)
: to make narrow or draw together <constrict the pupil of the eye>
: to subject (as a body part) to compression <constrict a nerve>
—con·stric·tive \-ˈstrik-tiv\ adjective
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