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
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v squeeze or press together

Synonyms:
compact, compress, contract, press, squeeze
Types:
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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
Type of:
tighten
become tight or tighter

v become tight or as if tight

“Her throat constricted
Synonyms:
constringe, narrow
Types:
astringe
become constricted or compressed
strangulate
become constricted
Type of:
tighten
become tight or tighter

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