Definition of constrict verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    constrict

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈstrɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrɪkt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they constrict
    BrE BrE//kənˈstrɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrɪkt//
     
    he / she / it constricts
    BrE BrE//kənˈstrɪkts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrɪkts//
     
    past simple constricted
    BrE BrE//kənˈstrɪktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrɪktɪd//
     
    past participle constricted
    BrE BrE//kənˈstrɪktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrɪktɪd//
     
    -ing form constricting
    BrE BrE//kənˈstrɪktɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrɪktɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody is able to do Film-makers of the time were constricted by the censors. constricting rules and regulations
  3. Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from Latin constrict- ‘bound tightly together’, from the verb constringere.
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