constipate

[kon-stuh-peyt]
verb (used with object), constipated, constipating.
1.
to cause constipation in; make costive.
2.
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.
3.
Obsolete. to crowd or pack closely together.

Origin:
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

unconstipated, adjective
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constipate (ˈkɒnstɪˌpeɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to cause constipation in
 
[C16: from Latin constīpāre to press closely together, from stīpāre to crowd together]

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constipate
1530s, from L. constipat-, pp. stem of constipare (see constipation). Related: Constipated (1540s).
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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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Example sentences
Iron tablets are not easily absorbed and will constipate you.
Their secondary effect is to keep the bowels open and regular, not to further constipate, as is the case with other pills.
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