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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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