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[kon-stuh-peyt] /ˈkɒn stəˌpeɪt/
verb (used with object), constipated, constipating.
to cause constipation in; make costive.
Informal. to cause to become slow-moving or immobilized; restrict the action or effectiveness of:
Bureaucratic red tape can constipate the operations of any government agency.
Obsolete. to crowd or pack closely together.
Origin of constipate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (past participle) < Latin constīpātus (past participle of constīpāre), equivalent to con- con- + stīpā- (stem of stīpāre to crowd, press) + -tus past participle suffix
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unconstipated, adjective Unabridged
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(transitive) to cause constipation in
Word Origin
C16: from Latin constīpāre to press closely together, from stīpāre to crowd together
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Word Origin and History for constipate

1530s, in part a back-formation from constipation, in part from Latin constipatus, past participle of constipare (see constipation). Earlier as an adjective (early 15c.); an earlier verb in this sense was constipen (late 14c.). Related: Constipated; constipating.

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constipate in Medicine

constipate con·sti·pate (kŏn'stə-pāt')
v. con·sti·pat·ed, con·sti·pat·ing, con·sti·pates
To cause constipation in the bowels.

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