[ kon-stuh-peyt ]
/ ˈkɒn stəˌpeɪt /
verb (used with object), con·sti·pat·ed, con·sti·pat·ing.
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.
, constituent assembly
Origin of constipate
1375–1425; late Middle English
(past participle) < Latin constīpātus
(past participle of constīpāre
), equivalent to con- con-
(stem of stīpāre
to crowd, press) + -tus
past participle suffix
Related formsun·con·sti·pat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for constipate
Do not give the laudanum unless demanded by the severity of the pain, as it tends to constipate.
Brandy is decidedly injurious, it heats and inflames the throat, and tends to constipate the bowels.
Opium so employed does not produce narcotism, and does not constipate the bowels.
The saccharated carbonate of iron is a beautiful preparation that does not constipate—is, indeed, a little laxative in action.
British Dictionary definitions for constipate
(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
To cause constipation in the bowels.
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