constrict

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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

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

VerbEdit

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. (of a snake) To coil around (prey) in order to asphyxiate it.
  3. (figuratively) To limit or restrict.
    Synonym: inhibit

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