- 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 constipating
Constipating articles, such as cheese or coffee, should be eliminated.Woman
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The former is apt to have a constipating effect on the bowels of the youngsters.The Pig
It is free from the heating and constipating qualities of Opium.
Seltzer water and milk will often agree when the milk alone is found to be too heavy and constipating.
The general indications require the administration of iron, which has no constipating effect in this ailment.
- (tr) to cause constipation in
Word Origin and History for constipating
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.
- To cause constipation in the bowels.