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constrict

[kuh n-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.
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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
Related formsnon·con·strict·ed, adjectivenon·con·strict·ing, adjectiveun·con·strict·ed, adjectivewell-con·strict·ed, adjective

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1. cramp, squeeze, bind, tighten.

Antonyms

1. expand.
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British Dictionary definitions for constrict

constrict

verb (tr)
  1. to make smaller or narrower, esp by contracting at one place
  2. to hold in or inhibit; limit
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin constrictus compressed, from constringere to tie up together; see constrain
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Word Origin and History for constrict

v.

early 15c., from Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere "compress" (see constrain). A direct borrowing from Latin of the same word which, via French, became constrain. Related: Constricted; constricting.

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constrict in Medicine

constrict

(kən-strĭkt)
v.
  1. To make smaller or narrower, especially by binding or squeezing.
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