constipate

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

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
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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


Medical Dictionary

constipate

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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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