choke

verb
\ ˈchōk How to pronounce choke (audio) \
choked; choking

Definition of choke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1 : to become choked in breathing He choked on a bone.
2a : to become obstructed or checked
b : to become or feel constricted (see constrict sense 1) in the throat (as from strong emotion) usually used with up choked up and couldn't finish the speech
3 : to shorten one's grip especially on the handle of a bat usually used with up
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

choke

noun

Definition of choke (Entry 2 of 2)

1 [by folk etymology from artichoke] : the filamentous inedible center of an artichoke flower head broadly : an artichoke flower head
2 : something that obstructs passage or flow: such as
a : a valve for choking (see choke entry 1 sense 3) a gasoline engine
b : a constriction in an outlet (as of an oil well) that restricts flow
d : a constriction (such as a narrowing of the barrel or an attachment) at the muzzle (see muzzle entry 1 sense 3) of a shotgun that serves to limit the spread of shot
3 : the act of choking A few chokes dislodged the food in her throat.

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Synonyms for choke

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of choke in a Sentence

Verb Chew your food well so you don't choke. We were choking on fumes. The thick smoke was choking me. The flowers were choked by the weeds.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The affidavit alleges Tate put her hands on the man’s neck, tried to choke him and hit him over the head with a bottle. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Their plan was to break into Melgar's room, tie him up and choke him into unconsciousness while filming their prank on a phone, prosecutors said. Ben Finley, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Many business groups and Republican leaders fear theongoing rebound could choke on a mounting labor shortage. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, 29 June 2021 My friend earned more than that man who tried to choke her. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 25 June 2021 Bachar allegedly told Batey to apologize while continuing to choke him, the woman said in court documents. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, 20 May 2021 During the melee, a woman jumped on the back of an officer and began to choke him, and others continued to surround the officers, police said. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 More than 50 million Americans were under heat warnings and watches Tuesday as triple digits, coupled with bone-dry humidity, choke the West throughout the week. NBC News, 13 June 2021 The other idea is to choke the nascent Gulf Coast LNG export industry for ESG or other related priorities. Bryce Erickson, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Brazilian fighter defended his title with a first-round guillotine choke against Alex Perez at UFC 255, then fought Moreno three weeks later. oregonlive, 12 June 2021 The Brazilian fighter defended his title with a first-round guillotine choke against Alex Perez at UFC 255, then fought Moreno three weeks later. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 June 2021 Shotguns should be equipped with a super full choke to produce tight pellet patterns at long distances. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 26 Mar. 2021 Put a turkey choke in one barrel and IC in the other. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 23 Mar. 2021 Second shots are farther away, so a tighter choke is required.. Tom Keer, Outdoor Life, 19 Feb. 2021 In the main event, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Justin Gaethje by submission with a triangle choke to run his record to 29-0 and then emotionally announced his retirement. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Oct. 2020 But that’s when Nurmagomedov finished in the blink of an eye, scoring another takedown and quickly turning it into a triangle choke. Dave Doyle, The Arizona Republic, 25 Oct. 2020 With this latest victory -- which came by technical submission with a triangle choke -- Nurmagomedov departs the octagon with a 29-0 career record and 13-0 UFC record. Amir Vera And Kevin Dotson, CNN, 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of choke

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for choke

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of choke was in the 14th century

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“Choke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choke. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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choke

verb

English Language Learners Definition of choke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

choke

noun

English Language Learners Definition of choke (Entry 2 of 2)

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

choke

verb
\ ˈchōk How to pronounce choke (audio) \
choked; choking

Kids Definition of choke

1 : to keep from breathing in a normal way by cutting off the supply of air Many people were choked by thick smoke.
2 : to have the trachea blocked entirely or partly He nearly choked on a bone.
3 : to slow or prevent the growth or action of The flowers were choked by weeds.
4 : to block by clogging Leaves choked the sewer.
choke down
: to eat with difficulty I choked down a bite.
choke up
: to become too emotional to speak

choke

verb
\ ˈchōk How to pronounce choke (audio) \
choked; choking

Medical Definition of choke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to have the trachea blocked entirely or partly

choke

noun

Medical Definition of choke (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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