strangle


strangle

verb

Definition of STRANGLE

1
to be or cause to be killed by lack of breathable air <the gull got tangled in a piece of fishing line on the beach and was strangled>
Related Words garrote (or garotte), throttle; asphyxiate; drown; croak [slang], destroy, dispatch, do in, fell, slay
2
to keep (someone) from breathing by exerting pressure on the windpipe <the boy complained that he was being strangled by his tie>
Synonyms garrote (or garotte), strangle, suffocate, throttle
Related Words asphyxiate, smother, stifle; scrag
Near Antonyms restore, resuscitate, revive
3
to refrain from openly showing or uttering <strangled a gasp of surprise upon hearing the news>

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