- to cause constipation in; make costive.
- Informal. to cause to become slow-moving or immobilized; restrict the action or effectiveness of: Bureaucratic red tape can constipate the operations of any government agency.
- Obsolete. to crowd or pack closely together.
Origin of constipate
Examples from the Web for constipate
Opium so employed does not produce narcotism, and does not constipate the bowels.
Brandy is decidedly injurious, it heats and inflames the throat, and tends to constipate the bowels.Advice to Singers
Frederick James Crowest
The saccharated carbonate of iron is a beautiful preparation that does not constipate—is, indeed, a little laxative in action.A Manual of Toy Dogs
Mrs. Leslie Williams
There are some foods that tend to constipate while others act as a laxative.The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction
Winfield S. Hall
Do not give the laudanum unless demanded by the severity of the pain, as it tends to constipate.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- (tr) to cause constipation in
Word Origin and History for constipate
1530s, in part a back-formation from constipation, in part from Latin constipatus, past participle of constipare (see constipation). Earlier as an adjective (early 15c.); an earlier verb in this sense was constipen (late 14c.). Related: Constipated; constipating.
- To cause constipation in the bowels.