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[kuh n-strinj]
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verb (used with object), con·stringed, con·string·ing.
  1. to constrict; compress; cause to contract.
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Origin of constringe

1595–1605; < Latin constringere to draw tight, tie up, equivalent to con- con- + stringere to draw; see constrict
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British Dictionary definitions for constringe


  1. (tr) rare to shrink or contract
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Derived Formsconstringency, nounconstringent, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin constringere to bind together; see constrain
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