Definition of constrict
2 : to stultify, stop, or cause to falter : inhibit The expectation of violence constricts our lives. — Marge Piercy
: to become constricted The drug causes the blood vessels to constrict.
constrictiveplay \kən-ˈstrik-tiv\ adjective
Examples of constrict in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of constrict from the Web
This policy constricts the Army’s marketplace of ideas by preventing civilians from participating in professional discussions about strategy and tactics.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of constrict
Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere —see constrain
First Known Use: 1732
Synonym Discussion of constrict
CONSTRICT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of constrict for English Language Learners
: to make (something) narrower, smaller, or tighter
: to become narrower, smaller, or tighter
: to prevent or keep (something or someone) from developing freely
CONSTRICT Defined for Kids
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