constipate

[ kon-stuh-peyt ]
/ ˈkɒn stəˌpeɪt /

verb (used with object), con·sti·pat·ed, con·sti·pat·ing.

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

1375–1425; late Middle English (past participle) < Latin constīpātus (past participle of constīpāre), equivalent to con- con- + stīpā- (stem of stīpāre to crowd, press) + -tus past participle suffix

Related forms

un·con·sti·pat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for constipate

constipate

/ (ˈkɒnstɪˌpeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to cause constipation in

Word Origin for constipate

C16: from Latin constīpāre to press closely together, from stīpāre to crowd together
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Medicine definitions for constipate

constipate

[ kŏnstə-pāt′ ]

v.

To cause constipation in the bowels.
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