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v. con·strict·ed, con·strict·ing, con·stricts
1. To make smaller or narrower by binding or squeezing.
2. To squeeze or compress.
3. To restrict the scope or freedom of; cramp: lives constricted by poverty.
To become constricted.

[Latin cōnstringere, cōnstrict-, to compress; see constrain.]

con·stric′tive adj.
con·stric′tive·ly adv.


(Clothing & Fashion) (of a garment) tight
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Adj.1.constricting - (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom
narrow - not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page"


[kənˈstrɪktɪŋ] ADJ [dress, ideology] → estrecho
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