constrict

verb
con·​strict | \ kən-ˈstrikt How to pronounce constrict (audio) \
constricted; constricting; constricts

Definition of constrict

transitive verb

1a : to make narrow or draw together Smoking constricts blood vessels.
b : compress, squeeze constrict a nerve These shoes are too small and they constrict my feet.
2 : to stultify, stop, or cause to falter : inhibit The expectation of violence constricts our lives.— Marge Piercy

intransitive verb

: to become constricted The drug causes the blood vessels to constrict.

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Other Words from constrict

constrictive \ kən-​ˈstrik-​tiv How to pronounce constrictive (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for constrict

Synonyms

compress, condense, contract, shrink

Antonyms

balloon, expand, snowball, swell

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contract, shrink, condense, compress, constrict, deflate mean to decrease in bulk or volume. contract applies to a drawing together of surfaces or particles or a reduction of area or length. caused her muscles to contract shrink implies a contracting or a loss of material and stresses a falling short of original dimensions. the sweater will shrink when washed condense implies a reducing of something homogeneous to greater compactness without significant loss of content. condense the essay into a paragraph compress implies a pressing into a small compass and definite shape usually against resistance. compressed cotton into bales constrict implies a tightening that reduces diameter. the throat is constricted by a tight collar deflate implies a contracting by reducing the internal pressure of contained air or gas. deflate the balloon

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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.

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.
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But Jones coils all these old elements around new anxieties involving race and class — and then constricts until fresh panic sets in. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "In Sadie Jones’s “The Snakes,” parents are more venomous than reptiles," 2 July 2019 The snake is not venomous but constricts its prey and could be dangerous for wildlife and pets. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Tuscaloosa python hunt enters day 4 and even Alexander Shunnarah is weighing in," 21 June 2019 Chill Angry Breakouts While the underlying cause of blemishes and cystic acne is bacteria, a dose of chill can help relieve pain and decrease inflammation by constricting the blood vessels. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Kate Moss’s Secret Facial Remedy Is Already in Your Freezer," 12 June 2019 Excess free hemoglobin will therefore rob the blood of nitric oxide, constrict blood vessels and potentially cause hypertension and reduced blood flow to the organs. Quanta Magazine, "Icefish Study Adds Another Color to the Story of Blood," 22 Apr. 2019 These methods will improve circulation to the area and the ice will help the skin heal faster by forcing blood vessels to constrict. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Do Hickeys Hurt?," 3 May 2019 Ice will constrict blood flow and tighten the skin, instantly shrinking the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines puffiness and inflammation. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "A Makeup Artist Replaced Her Primer with Ice," 1 Oct. 2018 Smoking simply compounds your risk by constricting your blood vessels, the NIDDK explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Better Control Your Type 2 Diabetes," 19 Apr. 2019 Falih spoke at a gathering of nations from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and their allies, where the cartel reaffirmed its plan to constrict oil supplies. Grant Smith And Tracy Alloway, Houston Chronicle, "Goldman echoes Saudi view that higher prices won't hurt demand," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of constrict

1732, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for constrict

Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere — see constrain

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More Definitions for constrict

constrict

verb

English Language Learners Definition of constrict

: to make (something) narrower, smaller, or tighter
: to become narrower, smaller, or tighter
: to prevent or keep (something or someone) from developing freely

constrict

verb
con·​strict | \ kən-ˈstrikt How to pronounce constrict (audio) \
constricted; constricting

Kids Definition of constrict

: to make narrower, smaller, or tighter by drawing together : squeeze The coldness inside of him had moved upward into his throat constricting it.— Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia

constrict

transitive verb
con·​strict | \ kən-ˈstrikt How to pronounce constrict (audio) \

Medical Definition of constrict

1 : to make narrow or draw together constrict the pupil of the eye
2 : to subject (as a body part) to compression constrict a nerve

Other Words from constrict

constrictive \ -​ˈstrik-​tiv How to pronounce constrictive (audio) \ adjective

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