Constrict Definition

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To make smaller or narrower, esp. at one place, by binding, squeezing, or shrinking; contract.
Webster's New World
To squeeze or compress.
American Heritage
To hold in; limit; restrict.
Webster's New World
To become constricted.
American Heritage

To narrow, especially by applying pressure.


Origin of Constrict

  • From Latin prefix con-, "with", + strictus, past participle of stringere.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin cōnstringere cōnstrict- to compress constrain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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