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Definition of "constrict" [con•strict]

  • To make smaller or narrower by binding or squeezing. (verb-transitive)
  • To squeeze or compress. (verb-transitive)
  • To restrict the scope or freedom of; cramp: lives constricted by poverty. (verb-transitive)
  • To become constricted. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "constrict" in a sentence
  • "Dehydration causes vessels to constrict, which is a major cause of erectile dysfunction."
  • "Related words in English include strict, constrict, and restriction."
  • "Thanks for the thesis there Storm – so are saying that the Federal Reserve should raise its rates (and thereby constrict lending even more)?"