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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Some grocers have as supplies have constricted, particularly for pork and beef. Washington Post, "‘The food supply chain is breaking’: Tyson Foods raises coronavirus alarm in full-page ads, defends safety efforts," 27 Apr. 2020 When that happens, a life gets wrenched off of its former path, with possible futures changing, and often constricting, dramatically. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "When time stops," 17 Apr. 2020 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which constricts airflow to the lungs, is rampant. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "Now That Coronavirus Is Inside This Adult Home for the Elderly or Mentally Ill, It May Be Impossible to Stop," 2 Apr. 2020 As space constricts, for many of us, to the four walls of our houses and apartments, time seems to have overflowed its usual containers. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Retreating Horizon of Time in Quarantine," 19 Mar. 2020 The Constitutional Court, which is packed with his loyalists, held that term limits constricted human rights, giving Morales the right to run for office indefinitely. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 11 Nov. 2019 Which raises the question: Who tied this constricting rope? Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books, "What Do We Want History to Do to Us?," 11 Feb. 2020 The easiest first step is to aim to be more competitive in a constricting market, adding things like business majors, new gyms and guaranteed paid internships. Eliza Gray, Washington Post, "The cautionary tale of Hampshire College and the broken business model of American higher education," 21 Oct. 2019 Boiling water penetrates in stages while the core is the last part to grow soft and elastic, so the outside is rapidly growing in volume while being constricted somewhat by the stubborn interior. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Mathematical Model Shows Why Spaghetti Curls When Cooked," 9 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of constrict was in 1732

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17 May 2020

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“Constrict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constrict. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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constrict

verb
How to pronounce constrict (audio)

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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