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

Synonyms

choke, smother, stifle, suffocate

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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.

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Then Erika was raped, strangled and dumped in a field, her bound body stuffed in a diaper box and her head wrapped in a plastic bag. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Mexicans, Hit by Murder Wave, Face Long, Often Futile Wait for Justice," 25 Dec. 2018 Coley was arrested in November 1978 after Rhonda Wicht, 24, was found beaten, raped and strangled, and her 4-year-old son, Donald, was smothered in his bed. Patrick Mcgreevy, latimes.com, "Gov. Jerry Brown approves $1.95-million payment to man wrongly imprisoned for Simi Valley murders," 18 May 2018 An intoxicated 12-year-old girl tried to strangle herself with a call-light cord and shoe laces after being left alone last month at a hospital on the Rosebud Sioux reservation. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Regulators Threaten Funding of Indian Health Hospital in South Dakota," 17 Aug. 2018 Bashara's wife, Jane, was strangled by a handyman in their Grosse Pointe Park garage in 2012. Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Supreme Court turns down Bob Bashara's appeal," 30 May 2018 Atlanta police are considering upgrading the charges against a man who allegedly attacked and attempted to strangle a food delivery driver with her own head scarf. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Police consider new charges for man who allegedly attacked delivery driver," 9 May 2018 Thor’s friend Heimdall is killed first — after saving Hulk by sending him to Earth — but the bigger demise is trickster god (and original Avengers foe) Loki, who’s strangled by Thanos in front of his brother Thor. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Avengers: Infinity War': How 6 cosmos-shattering scenes affect Marvel future (spoilers!)," 27 Apr. 2018 The 12 inmates killed in 2017 include four men at Kirkland Correctional Institution, another maximum-security prison, who were strangled by two convicts over the course of 30 minutes. NBC News, "Shortage of guards eyed after South Carolina prison riot lasted for hours and left 7 dead," 17 Apr. 2018 Inmate Robert Van Hook was sentenced to die for fatally strangling and stabbing David Self after picking him up in a bar in Cincinnati in 1985. Andrew Welsh-huggins, Fox News, "Ohio begins preparations to execute killer of man met in bar," 17 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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The first known use of strangle was in the 14th century

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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 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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