strangle

verb
stran·​gle | \ ˈstraŋ-gəl How to pronounce strangle (audio) \
strangled; strangling\ ˈstraŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce strangling (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 strangler (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 Lenore, 21, was a Jane Doe who was found strangled on April 28, 1981. Steven Goode, courant.com, "After 75 years, it may not be possible to identify the Hartford Circus Fire victims who were exhumed last month," 4 Nov. 2019 Eric Potashner, vice president of Recology, said the consequences of inaction are mounting as plastic strangles marine habitats and overwhelms recycling facilities. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California’s plastic-pollution fight may be headed to voters," 4 Nov. 2019 According to court records made public Wednesday, Tapia did intentionally cause the deaths of Alvaro and Taylor by strangling and/or cutting their throats. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Details revealed in deaths of 2 Cullman boys allegedly killed by mother," 30 Oct. 2019 Subscribers: Trump tariffs slowing global economy, strangling shale oil revolution. Joseph Pisani, Houston Chronicle, "Amazon drops monthly fee to boost grocery delivery sales," 29 Oct. 2019 Over the past two years, Little has confessed to charming, beating and strangling more than 90 women between 1970 and 2005 — at least a dozen in Florida. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "He killed woman after woman after woman after woman ...," 27 Oct. 2019 The 29-year-old man who allegedly strangled his mother to death and stabbed his uncle at a home in Orion Township has been arraigned, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Orion Twp. man arraigned in fatal stabbing of mother, uncle's assault," 23 Oct. 2019 Authorities say Tercero, now 23, strangled Anderson at his off-campus residence in Binghamton in March 2018. BostonGlobe.com, "Killing took place in New York, but Nicaragua hosts trial - The Boston Globe," 21 Oct. 2019 An Alaska man accused of brutally assaulting and murdering a woman who was seen strangled in videos found on a digital memory card has been charged with another death, authorities said Thursday. Fox News, "Alaska man accused of strangling captured on digital memory card charged in second murder," 18 Oct. 2019

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

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strangle

verb
How to pronounce strangle (audio)

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 strangling (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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