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constipate

[ kon-stuh-peyt ]
/ 藞k蓲n st蓹藢pe瑟t /
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verb (used with object), con路sti路pat路ed, con路sti路pat路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.
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Origin of constipate

First recorded in 1375鈥1425; late Middle English past participle constipat, from Latin const墨p膩tus, past participle of const墨p膩re, equivalent to con- intensive prefix + Latin st墨p膩re 鈥渢o crowd, press鈥); see origin at con-, stiff

OTHER WORDS FROM constipate

con路sti路pat路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for constipate

constipate
/ (藞k蓲nst瑟藢pe瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to cause constipation in

Word Origin for constipate

C16: from Latin const墨p膩re to press closely together, from st墨p膩re to crowd together
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for constipate

constipate
[ k艔nst蓹-p膩t鈥 ]

v.
To cause constipation in the bowels.
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