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

Other Words from strangle

strangler \ ˈstraŋ-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce strangle (audio) \ noun

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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 Holko urged the international community to ban Russia from SWIFT — which according to CNN, is a secure network connecting financial institutions around the globe — in order to strangle the country’s economy. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Feb. 2022 That March, he was arrested again in Newport News, Virginia and charged with allegedly trying to abduct and strangle his then-20-year-old wife, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, 14 Mar. 2022 The ex claimed to have video of him threatening to bury her in front of their kids and accused him of repeatedly trying to strangle her, a petition for an order of protection filed in December 2020 reads. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 5 Apr. 2022 Additionally, Brown did not strangle or choke Adams, according to police. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 15 Mar. 2022 Jet fighters from Poland and other NATO countries could be handed over to Ukrainian pilots and force Russia into a military quagmire as deepening Western sanctions strangle its economy. John Fund, National Review, 6 Mar. 2022 In the church shooting case, records show Rios had accused Mora of previously attempting to strangle her. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 In the protesters’ demands for democracy and justice, Putin saw Washington’s tentacles coming to strangle him. Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2022 In the protesters’ demands for democracy and justice, Putin saw Washington’s tentacles coming to strangle him. Paul Sonne And Robyn Dixon, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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More Definitions for strangle

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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