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 for constipate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Constipate \Con"sti*pate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Constipated; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Constipating.] [L. constipatus, p. p. of
     constipare; con- + stipare to crowd together. See Costive.]
     1. To crowd or cram into a narrow compass; to press together
        or condense. [Obs.]
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              Of cold the property is to condense and constipate.
                                                    --Bacon.
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     2. To stop (a channel) by filling it, and preventing passage
        through it; as, to constipate the capillary vessels.
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     3. (Med.) To render costive; to cause constipation in.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  constipate
      v 1: impede with a clog or as if with a clog; "The market is
           being clogged by these operations"; "My mind is constipated
           today" [syn: clog, constipate]
      2: cause to be constipated; "These foods tend to constipate you"
         [syn: constipate, bind]

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