strangle

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

stran·gle

verb \ˈstraŋ-gəl\

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

: to stop (something) from growing or developing

stran·gledstran·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of STRANGLE

transitive verb
1
a :  to choke to death by compressing the throat with something (as a hand or rope) :  throttle
b :  to obstruct seriously or fatally the normal breathing of
c :  stifle
2
:  to suppress or hinder the rise, expression, or growth of <repression strangles free speech>
intransitive verb
1
:  to become strangled
2
:  to die from or as if from interference with breathing
stran·gler \-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

Related to STRANGLE

stran·gle

verb \ˈstraŋ-gəl\   (Medical Dictionary)
stran·gledstran·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Medical Definition of STRANGLE

transitive verb
1
: to choke to death by compressing the throat with something (as a hand or rope)
2
: to obstruct seriously or fatally the normal breathing of <the bone wedged in his throat and strangled him>
intransitive verb
1
: to become strangled : undergo a severe interference with breathing
2
: to die from interference with breathing

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