- 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 constipated
Scene after scene was filled up with white actors in bathrobes all reciting their lines like they were constipated.‘Son of God’: Why Are Jesus Movies Always Lame?
Matthew Paul Turner
March 2, 2014
There is also loss of appetite, and the bowels are constipated.
The constipated bowels were permitted their own times for action.The No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting-Cure
Edward Hooker Dewey
The bowels are, as a rule, constipated, but occasionally relaxed.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
The bowels are in some cases much relaxed; in others, constipated.A System of Midwifery
I'd as soon ask if a woman were constipated as ask if she were chaste.Painted Veils
- suffering from constipation
- subject to restriction or blockage in a flow of productive activity or creativity
- (tr) to cause constipation in
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.
- Suffering from constipation.
- To cause constipation in the bowels.