constipate

verb con·sti·pate \ ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌpāt \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of constipate

constipated; constipating
transitive verb
1 : to cause constipation in
2 : to make immobile, inactive, or dull : stultify
  • so much clutter … will tend to constipate the novel's working order
  • The Times Literary Supplement (London)

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Origin and Etymology of constipate

Medieval Latin constipatus, past participle of constipare, from Latin, to crowd together, from com- + stipare to pack tight — more at stiff


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constipate

transitive verb con·sti·pate \ ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌpāt \

medical Definition of constipate

constipated; constipating
: to make costive : cause constipation in


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