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verb (used with object), con·sti·pat·ed, con·sti·pat·ing.
  1. to cause constipation in; make costive.
  2. 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.
  3. Obsolete. to crowd or pack closely together.
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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 formsun·con·sti·pat·ed, adjective
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  1. suffering from constipation
  2. subject to restriction or blockage in a flow of productive activity or creativity
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  1. (tr) to cause constipation in
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin constīpāre to press closely together, from stīpāre to crowd together
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Word Origin and History for constipated



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.

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constipated in Medicine


  1. Suffering from constipation.
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  1. To cause constipation in the bowels.
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