stran·gle | \ˈstraŋ-gəl \
strangled; strangling\ˈstraŋ-g(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of strangle 

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from strangle

strangler \ˈstraŋ-g(ə-)lər \ noun

Examples of strangle in a Sentence

The weeds are strangling the plant. The company is trying to strangle the smaller competition.

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This is a critical offseason for a team whose few promising pieces are bogged down by aging, cap-strangling players. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings overwhelmingly praised for NHL draft 2018," 25 June 2018 Over the next two years, the Trump administration will strip TPS from immigrants from six different countries — all but strangling the program. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump tells 57,000 Hondurans who’ve lived in the US for 20 years to get out," 4 May 2018 Louisville is missing out on $200 million of economic growth every year due to a strangling economic despair among its residents, according to a new report released Tuesday afternoon. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Child poverty costs Louisville more than $200M in economic growth each year, report says," 10 Apr. 2018 As such, the state’s representatives in Congress are wary of policies that could strangle their business model, killing a goose that’s laid not just one, but cartons of golden eggs. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Tough love for Zuckerberg from Californians in Congress | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Apr. 2018 Daryl Doniel Pitts, 43, was also accused of using a stun gun on the child and strangling them, KEPR-TV reported. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Woman accused of beating, starving and forcing child to play Russian Roulette," 10 July 2018 Tomomasa Nakagawa, a doctor also executed Friday, and several other cultists broke into the Sakamotos’ apartment late at night, strangled them to death and buried them in the mountains. Washington Post, "Cult leader executed for Japan sarin attacks still a mystery," 6 July 2018 Pinion’s ex-girlfriend, Kelsey Ohagan, 26, called 911 yesterday around 9 a.m. and said Pinion pinned her down on her back porch and strangled her, Methuen police Sergeant Scott Lever said. Andres Picon And Katie Camero,, "State Police Air Wing helps in capture of man wanted for domestic incident in Methuen," 5 July 2018 Part of the idea is to free the area sooner from the traffic backups that have strangled it since the Highway 100 project started. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Perfect storm seems to be brewing around Highway 100 road project in Hales Corners," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of strangle

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

History and Etymology for strangle

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

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English Language Learners Definition of strangle

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

: to stop (something) from growing or developing


stran·gle | \ˈstraŋ-gəl \
strangled; strangling

Kids Definition of strangle

1 : to choke to death by squeezing the throat

2 : to die or suffer from or as if from being choked

Other Words from strangle

strangler \-glər \ noun


stran·gle | \ˈstraŋ-gəl \
strangled; strangling\-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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