constipate: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kon'stu-pāt"), [key]
— -pat•ed, -pat•ing.
  1. to cause constipation in; make costive.
  2. 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. to crowd or pack closely together.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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