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
For instance, period cramps happen because of mini uterus contractions that also cause blood vessels to constrict around the abdomen.
The reason some eye creams are sold in tubes with metal tips is that the metal helps deflate puffy areas by cooling the skin, which theoretically constricts blood vessels.
Evolving from constricting three-piece suits and ruffled undershirts, the modern suit is not at all what our founding menswear fathers used it as.
Her lips became swollen, and her airways constricted.
But in football, the pieces move all at once, and the movements aren’t constricted to certain squares and patterns.
When skin is exposed to the cold, your blood vessels constrict to keep you warm.
Small children hold parents' hands, their colorful life jackets as constricting as neck braces.
The chilled, tight, helmet-type hats constrict blood vessels and possibly prevent chemo from reaching hair follicles, according to breastcancer.org.
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Did You Know?
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.
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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