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constrict

verb uk   /kənˈstrɪkt/ us  

constrict verb (BECOME TIGHTER)

[I or T] to become tighter and narrower, or to make something become tighter and narrower: He hated wearing a tie - he felt it constricted his breathing. If you're going dancing, you don't want to wear anything that constricts your movements. The drug causes the blood vessels to constrict.

constrict verb (LIMIT)

[T] to limit an action or behaviour: Too many rules had constricted her lifestyle.
constriction
noun [C] uk   /-ˈstrɪk.ʃən/ us  
The constrictions (= limits) of prison life were inhuman. He felt a constriction (= a tight feeling) in his chest.
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