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constrict

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of constrict

  1. 1 to become smaller in size or volume through the drawing together of particles of matter the vessel constricted, thereby reducing the flow of blood Synonyms of constrict compress, condense, contract, shrinkWords Related to constrict collapse, deflate, flatten; dry up, shrivel, wilt, wither; abate, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen; recede, retreat, withdrawNear Antonyms of constrict accumulate, grow, increase; balloon, inflate, puff (up)Antonyms of constrict balloon, expand, snowball, swell

  2. 2 to reduce in size or volume by or as if by pressing parts or members together constricted the opening with a clamp Synonyms of constrict capsule, capsulize, collapse, compact, condense, compress, constringe, contract, narrow (down), squeeze, telescopeWords Related to constrict cram, crowd, jam, jam-pack, pack; abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; boil down, downsize, shrink; concentrate, consolidate; simplify, streamline; decrease, diminish, lessenNear Antonyms of constrict dilate, disperse, dissipate, scatter; distend, inflate, swellAntonyms of constrict decompress, expand, open, outspread, outstretch

Synonym Discussion of constrict

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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