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One entry found for constipate.
Main Entry: con·sti·pate
Pronunciation: 'kän(t)-st&-"pAt
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -pat·ed; -pat·ing
Etymology: Medieval Latin constipatus, past participle of constipare, from Latin, to crowd together, from com- + stipare to pack tight -- more at STIFF
Date: 1533
1 : to cause constipation in
2 : to make immobile, inactive, or dull : STULTIFY <so much clutter...will tend to constipate the novel's working order -- Times Literary Supplement>