To constrict something is to squeeze it very tightly. Sometimes people use the word to describe the feeling of being very tense.

  • The rope was too tight, and it was constricting my breathing.

  • The government is trying to constrict the number of refugees that are coming into the country.

Definition of constrict


become tight or as if tight


constringe, narrow


squeeze or press together


compact, compress, contract, press, squeeze

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Example Sentences for constrict

  • 1

    They constricted the timeline.

  • 2

    It was painful to constrict the knots.

  • 3

    It constricts the blood vessels.

  • 4

    The ties were constricted.

  • 5

    The interpretation seems very constricted.

  • 6

    The valleys constrict the shape of the town.

  • 7

    As the eyes converge, the pupils should constrict.

  • 8

    The constriction occurs at the throttle structure in the manifold.

  • 9

    The outer casing is constricted in three stages.

  • 10

    Laughter is anatomically caused by the epiglottis constricting the larynx.