[ kuhn-strikt ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to draw or press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress.

  2. to slow or stop the natural course or development of: Greed and aggressiveness constricted the nation's cultural life.

Origin of constrict

1375–1425 for earlier past participle sense; 1725–35 for current senses; late Middle English <Latin constrīctus (past participle of constringere to draw together, tie up), equivalent to con-con- + strīc- (variant stem of stringere to tie; see strict) + -tus past participle suffix

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Other words from constrict

  • non·con·strict·ed, adjective
  • non·con·strict·ing, adjective
  • un·con·strict·ed, adjective
  • well-con·strict·ed, adjective

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How to use constrict in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for constrict


/ (kənˈstrɪkt) /

  1. to make smaller or narrower, esp by contracting at one place

  2. to hold in or inhibit; limit

Origin of constrict

C18: from Latin constrictus compressed, from constringere to tie up together; see constrain

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