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strangle

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verb stran·gle \ˈstraŋ-gəl\

Simple Definition of strangle

  • : to kill (a person or animal) by squeezing the throat

  • : to stop (something) from growing or developing

Full Definition of strangle

stran·gledstran·gling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to choke to death by compressing the throat with something (as a hand or rope) :  throttleb :  to obstruct seriously or fatally the normal breathing ofc :  stifle

  3. 2 :  to suppress or hinder the rise, expression, or growth of <repression strangles free speech>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become strangled

  6. 2 :  to die from or as if from interference with breathing

stran·gler play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of strangle

  1. The weeds are strangling the plant.

  2. The company is trying to strangle the smaller competition.



Origin of strangle

Middle English, from Anglo-French estrangler, from Latin strangulare, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē halter — more at strain


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with strangle


Medical Dictionary

strangle

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verb stran·gle \ˈstraŋ-gəl\

Medical Definition of strangle

stran·gledstran·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\play

  1. transitive verb

  2. 1:  to choke to death by compressing the throat with something (as a hand or rope)

  3. 2:  to obstruct seriously or fatally the normal breathing of <the bone wedged in his throat and strangled him>

  4. intransitive verb

  5. 1:  to become strangled :  undergo a severe interference with breathing

  6. 2:  to die from interference with breathing





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