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English verb: constrict

1. constrict (contact) squeeze or press together


SamplesShe compressed her lips.
The spasm contracted the muscle.


Synonymscompact, compress, contract, press, squeeze


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)tighten


Narrower (hyponym)astringe, bear down, choke, choke, choke, convulse, convulse, fret, gag, overbear, prim, scrag, strangle, strangulate

2. constrict (change) become tight or as if tight


SamplesHer throat constricted.


Synonymsconstringe, narrow


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)tighten


Narrower (hyponym)astringe, strangulate









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