con·sti·pate | \ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌpāt \
constipated; constipating

Definition of constipate 

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 orderThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

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Having been intermittently constipated for most of my life, even that seemed ambitious. Julie Schott, The Cut, "If You Want Clear Skin, Look at Your Poop," 19 Mar. 2018 Obviously men can be constipated too, but women are much more likely to be constipated than men. Mary Allen, Allure, "8 Things to Know About Your Poop," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of constipate

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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transitive verb
con·sti·pate | \ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌpāt \
constipated; constipating

Medical Definition of constipate 

: to make costive : cause constipation in

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