strangle

verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
strangler noun

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 An autopsy showed she had been raped and strangled to death, according to police. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024 One of Creech’s murder convictions came after a man was strangled to death in Sacramento, California, in June 1974, and another after a man was shot in the heart with a rifle in Portland, Oregon, in August 1974. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 25 Jan. 2024 Panini also claimed that Fanatics poached its top executives in violation of their contracts and bought GC Packaging, the printer based in Allen, Texas, that Panini uses, to strangle its supply. Ken Belson, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 After flipping out and nearly strangling someone on the job, Dan gets a surprising offer from a spunky eyewitness named Rita (Dolly de Leon), who asks him to join their scrappy Shakespeare production. Peter Debruge, Variety, 18 Jan. 2024 According to the documentary, several of Ervil's followers took Rebecca somewhere remote and strangled her to death, then buried her in a shallow grave that has never been found. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2024 Johnson's case gained attention after her body was found near a playground in Seaside's Sabado Park, having been suffocated with sand, bitten, strangled and set on fire. Callie Cassick, Fox News, 26 Dec. 2023 The fatal encounter started after Finlayson called 911 for help because her former boyfriend was strangling her and trying to hurt her daughter, according to Gage’s claim, which serves as the precursor to a lawsuit. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2023 Xi has already intensified censorship and strangled private education. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 20 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French estrangler, from Latin strangulare, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē halter — more at strain

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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

Dictionary Entries Near strangle

Cite this Entry

“Strangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strangle. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

strangle

verb
stran·​gle ˈstraŋ-gəl How to pronounce strangle (audio)
strangled; strangling -g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce strangle (audio)
1
: to choke to death by squeezing the throat
2
: to cause (someone or something) to choke or suffocate
3
: to suppress or hinder the rise, growth, or expression of
these rules are strangling my creativity
4
: to become strangled
5
: to die by or as if by interference with breathing
strangler noun

Medical Definition

strangle

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

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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