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choke

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verb \ˈchōk\

Definition of choke

choked

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choking

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to check or block normal breathing of by compressing or obstructing the trachea or by poisoning or adulterating available air <The unwary guard was choked to death by a prisoner.>

  3. 2a :  to check or hinder the growth, development, or activity of <The flowers were choked by the weeds.>b :  to obstruct by filling up or clogging <Leaves choked the drain.>c :  to fill completely :  jam <roads choked with traffic>

  4. 3 :  to enrich the fuel mixture of (a motor) by partially shutting off the air intake of the carburetor

  5. 4 :  to grip (as a baseball bat) some distance from the end of the handle —usually used with up <The batter choked up the bat and cut down his swing.>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to become choked in breathing <He choked on a bone.>

  8. 2a :  to become obstructed or checkedb :  to become or feel constricted (see constrict 1) in the throat (as from strong emotion) —usually used with up <choked up and couldn't finish the speech>

  9. 3 :  to shorten one's grip especially on the handle of a bat —usually used with up

  10. 4 :  to lose one's composure and fail to perform effectively in a critical situation <had a chance to win the game but he choked>

Examples of choke in a sentence

  1. Chew your food well so you don't choke.

  2. We were choking on fumes.

  3. The thick smoke was choking me.

  4. The flowers were choked by the weeds.

Origin and Etymology of choke

Middle English, alteration of achoken, from Old English ācēocian, from ā-, perfective prefix + cēoce, cēace jaw, cheek — more at abide, cheek


First Known Use: 14th century


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choke

noun

Definition of choke

  1. 1 [by folk etymology from artichoke] :  the filamentous inedible center of an artichoke flower head; broadly :  an artichoke flower head

  2. 2 :  something that obstructs passage or flow: such asa :  a valve for choking (see 1choke 3) a gasoline engineb :  a constriction in an outlet (as of an oil well) that restricts flowc :  reactor 2d :  a constriction (as a narrowing of the barrel or an attachment) at the muzzle (see 1muzzle 3) of a shotgun that serves to limit the spread of shot

  3. 3 :  the act of choking <A few chokes dislodged the food in her throat.>

Origin and Etymology of choke

see 1choke


First Known Use: 1736

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CHOKE Defined for English Language Learners

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choke

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verb \ˈchōk\

Definition of choke for English Language Learners

  • : to become unable to breathe usually because something gets stuck in your throat or because the air is not good for breathing

  • : to cause (someone) to stop breathing by squeezing the throat

  • : to make (someone) unable to breathe in a normal way


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choke

noun

Definition of choke for English Language Learners

  • : a part in a vehicle that controls the flow of air into the engine


CHOKE Defined for Kids

choke

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verb \ˈchōk\

Definition of choke for Students

choked

choking

  1. 1 :  to keep from breathing in a normal way by cutting off the supply of air <Many people were choked by thick smoke.>

  2. 2 :  to have the trachea blocked entirely or partly <He nearly choked on a bone.>

  3. 3 :  to slow or prevent the growth or action of <The flowers were choked by weeds.>

  4. 4 :  to block by clogging <Leaves choked the sewer.>

choke down

  1. :  to eat with difficulty <I choked down a bite.>

choke up

  1. :  to become too emotional to speak


Medical Dictionary

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choke

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verb \ˈchōk\

Medical Definition of choke

choked

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choking

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to keep from breathing in a normal way by compressing or obstructing the trachea or by poisoning or adulterating available air

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to have the trachea blocked entirely or partly


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choke

noun

Medical Definition of choke

  1. 1:  the act of choking

  2. 2chokes plural :  pulmonary manifestations of decompression sickness including shortness of breath, chest pain, and cough—used with the



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