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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Moore-Bosko’s husband found her stabbed and strangled body in their apartment in July of that year after returning from a week at sea. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: Settlement reached in infamous “Norfolk 4” case," 4 Dec. 2018 This time, Myanmar’s military government had formed a new border force that strangled aspects of their daily lives, locals said. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘All Our Lives They Wanted to Ruin Us.’ For Decades, Myanmar Sought to Drive Out Rohingya," 23 Nov. 2018 Qualcomm strangled the Android smartwatch ecosystem with the Wear 2100 for another two years, and many of the early watch OEMs, like Motorola, Asus, and Huawei, walked away from the market altogether. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Review: Google’s Wear OS 2.0 can’t fix its obsolete smartwatch hardware," 28 Sep. 2018 Authorities said they were strangled to death before the home caught fire. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Neighbors honor couple found strangled in burned Atlanta home," 12 July 2018 Some say she was strangled with a silken cord while praying, and others claim she was smothered between two feather mattresses. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 Officials believe the couple, who had been strangled and suffered severe skull fractures, were killed sometime between Sept. 18, 2013, and Sept. 22, 2013, according to attorneys. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Lowell man found guilty of parents' murders appeals conviction," 22 June 2018 The resolution took effect February 1, 1979, and allowed a nation to discover fresher, fascinating alternatives to the handful of beers that had strangled generations of taste buds. Josh Noel,, "How Goose Island sale to Anheuser-Busch changed craft beer; new book by Tribune beer writer Josh Noel," 9 May 2018 Mulvaney has pledged to defang the agency, criticizing it for wasteful spending and overzealous oversight that is strangling banks and other lenders. Author: Emily Flitter, Glenn Thrush, Anchorage Daily News, "Wells Fargo said to be the target of a $1 billion U.S. fine," 19 Apr. 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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