strangle

verb stran·gle \ ˈstraŋ-gəl \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of strangle

strangled; strangling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :to choke to death by compressing the throat with something (such 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

strangler

play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of strangle in a Sentence

  1. The weeds are strangling the plant.

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

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Origin and Etymology of strangle

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

strangle Synonyms


STRANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

strangle

verb

Definition of strangle for English Language Learners

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

  • : to stop (something) from growing or developing


STRANGLE Defined for Kids

strangle

verb stran·gle \ ˈstraŋ-gəl \

Definition of strangle for Students

strangled; strangling
1 :to choke to death by squeezing the throat
2 :to die or suffer from or as if from being choked

strangler

\-glər\ noun

Medical Dictionary

strangle

verb stran·gle \ ˈstraŋ-gəl \

medical Definition of strangle

strangled; strangling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
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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