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Definition of constrict verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they constrict
    he / she / it constricts
    past simple constricted
    -ing form constricting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to become tighter or narrower; to make something tighter or narrower Her throat constricted and she swallowed hard. constrict something a drug that constricts the blood vessels.
  2. 2constrict somebody to limit or restrict what someone is able to do Movie directors of the time were constricted by the censors. constricting rules and regulations
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adjective Her throat felt dry and constricted. a constricted vision of the world
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noun [uncountable, countable] a feeling of constriction in the chest political constrictions
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