- To constrict is to become narrower at one place, or to make something narrower or more restrictive.
When your throat begins to close up because of an allergic reaction, this is an example of a time when your throat constricts.
- to make smaller or narrower, esp. at one place, by binding, squeezing, or shrinking; contract
- to hold in; limit; restrict
Origin of constrict; from Classical Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere: see constrain
verbcon·strict·ed, con·strict·ing, con·stricts
- To make smaller or narrower by binding or squeezing.
- To squeeze or compress.
- To restrict the scope or freedom of; cramp: lives constricted by poverty.
Origin of constrictLatin cōnstringere, cōnstrict-, to compress; see constrain.
(third-person singular simple present constricts, present participle constricting, simple past and past participle constricted)
- From Latin prefix con-, "with", + strictus, past participle of stringere.