strangle

verb
stran·​gle | \ ˈstraŋ-gəl How to pronounce strangle (audio) \
strangled; strangling\ ˈstraŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce strangle (audio) \

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 How to pronounce strangle (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for strangle

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Examples of strangle in a Sentence

The weeds are strangling the plant. The company is trying to strangle the smaller competition.
Recent Examples on the Web The departmental trial determined Pantaleo did not intentionally strangle Garner but the appellate division said his firing was not unexpected. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "Former NYPD officer who put Eric Garner in lethal chokehold loses bid to get job back," 25 Mar. 2021 Many Senate lifers seem convinced there was a time in living memory when the institution worked correctly, with the same rules that currently strangle it. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Just Rewrite the Senate Rules Already," 4 Mar. 2021 After the car was stopped, Caver began to strangle the driver from the back seat with one hand, produced a handgun with the other hand, and placed the gun into the side of the driver's belly, according to the court document. Peiyu Lin, The Arizona Republic, "Report: Gilbert resident arrested on suspicion of attacking, robbing female Lyft driver," 27 Feb. 2021 But Splash was his third attempt at a start-up – two previous ventures had met with ignominious ends that Wedgwood feared would strangle his entrepreneurial ambitions. David Prosser, Forbes, "From Social Housing To Private Equity: Now Paul Wedgwood Wants To Inspire The Next Generation," 26 Feb. 2021 The panel had no update on another impeachment petition filed against GOP state Rep. Robert Goforth, a former gubernatorial candidate who was indicted for allegedly trying to strangle a woman. Bruce Schreiner And Piper Hudspeth Blackburn, Star Tribune, "GOP-led Kentucky panel keeps Gov. Beshear impeachment alive," 5 Feb. 2021 Sanders told detectives that McGee pushed her into the bathtub and tried to strangle her, the affidavit says. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Woman fatally stabbed boyfriend at downtown Dallas apartment, police say," 1 Feb. 2021 Another pending impeachment petition was filed recently against GOP state Rep. Robert Goforth, a former gubernatorial candidate who was indicted for allegedly trying to strangle a woman. Bruce Schreiner, ajc, "Impeachment fever hits Kentucky with efforts to oust leaders," 31 Jan. 2021 Where grit and sand might strangle a gas gun, most inertia guns will keep going. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Gas Vs. Inertia Shotguns—Which is Better?," 25 Jan. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Strangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strangle. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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strangle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of strangle

: to kill (a person or animal) by squeezing the throat
: to stop (something) from growing or developing

strangle

verb
stran·​gle | \ ˈstraŋ-gəl How to pronounce strangle (audio) \
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

strangle

verb
stran·​gle | \ ˈstraŋ-gəl How to pronounce strangle (audio) \
strangled; strangling\ -​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce strangle (audio) \

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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