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constrictverb

uk   us   /kənˈstrɪkt/
  • constrict verb (BECOME TIGHTER)

[I or T] to ​becometighter and ​narrower, or to make something ​becometighter and ​narrower: He ​hatedwearing a ​tie - he ​felt it constricted his ​breathing. When you're ​dancing, you don't ​want to ​wear anything that constricts ​yourmovements. The ​drugcauses the ​bloodvessels to constrict.
constriction
noun [C] uk   us   /-ˈstrɪk.ʃən/
The constrictions (= ​limits) of ​prisonlife were ​inhuman. He ​felt a constriction (= a ​tightfeeling) in his ​chest.
(Definition of constrict from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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constrictverb [I/T]

 us   /kənˈstrɪkt/
to make or ​becometighter and ​narrower: [T] Bright ​sunlight constricts the ​pupil of the ​eye.
constriction
noun [C]  us   /kənˈstrɪk·ʃən/
(Definition of constrict from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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