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Date: 1700-1800
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of constringere; CONSTRAIN


1 [intransitive and transitive] to make something narrower or tighter, or to become narrower or tighter:
Caffeine constricts the blood vessels in your body.
Linda's throat constricted and she started to cry.
2 [transitive] to limit someone's freedom to do what they want:
Fear of crime constricts many people's lives.
constricted adjective
constriction noun [uncountable and countable]

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