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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin cōnstrictus (compressed, contracted), past participle of cōnstringō (to draw or bind together; to compress). Doublet of constrain.

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  • IPA(key): /kənˈstɹɪkt/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪkt

Verb edit

constrict (third-person singular simple present constricts, present participle constricting, simple past and past participle constricted)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To narrow, especially by application of pressure.
  2. To coil around (prey) in order to asphyxiate it. (of a snake)
  3. (figurative) To limit or restrict.
    Synonym: inhibit

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