Definition of constrict
- Smoking constricts blood vessels.
- The expectation of violence constricts our lives.
- —Marge Piercy
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.
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Arteries constricted by cholesterol slow the flow of blood, just as traffic arteries or highways constricted by accidents slow the flow of traffic. But constriction isn't always physical. Economic growth may be constricted by trade barriers. A narrow, constricted life may be the result of poverty or lack of opportunity. And an actress may feel constricted by a role she played as a child or by her TV character from years ago, which the public refuses to forget.
: to make (something) narrower, smaller, or tighter
: to become narrower, smaller, or tighter
: to prevent or keep (something or someone) from developing freely
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