constrict

To constrict is to squeeze uncomfortably. If your new turtleneck sweater constricts your neck, the sweater is probably too small.

When things constrict, they become narrow or make something else become narrow. A boa constrictor kills its prey when it constricts the animal's body until it can no longer breathe, and a necktie that's tied too tightly constricts your neck. In medicine, certain conditions or medications can constrict openings such as airways or blood vessels, sometimes dangerously. The Latin root is constringere, "to bind together or tie tightly."

Definitions of constrict
  1. verb
    squeeze or press together
    synonyms: compact, compress, contract, press, squeeze
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    choke, strangle
    constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
    prim
    contract one's lips
    astringe
    constrict or bind or draw together
    strangulate
    constrict a hollow organ or vessel so as to stop the flow of blood or air
    convulse
    contract involuntarily, as in a spasm
    convulse
    cause to contract
    bear down, overbear
    contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
    choke, fret, gag
    be too tight; rub or press
    choke, scrag
    wring the neck of
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    tighten
    become tight or tighter
  2. verb
    become tight or as if tight
    “Her throat constricted
    synonyms: constringe, narrow
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    astringe
    become constricted or compressed
    strangulate
    become constricted
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    tighten
    become tight or tighter
  3. verb
    limit the range or extent of
    synonyms: inhibit
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    bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
    place limits on (extent or access)
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