constrict

[ kuhn-strikt ]
/ kənˈstrɪkt /

verb (used with object)

to draw or press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM constrict

non·con·strict·ed, adjectivenon·con·strict·ing, adjectiveun·con·strict·ed, adjectivewell-con·strict·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for constricted

constrict
/ (kənˈstrɪkt) /

verb (tr)

to make smaller or narrower, esp by contracting at one place
to hold in or inhibit; limit

Word Origin for constrict

C18: from Latin constrictus compressed, from constringere to tie up together; see constrain
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Medical definitions for constricted

constrict
[ kən-strĭkt ]

v.

To make smaller or narrower, especially by binding or squeezing.
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