Pronunciation: (kon'stu-pāt"), [key]
—v.t., -pat•ed, -pat•ing.
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. Obs.to crowd or pack closely together.
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