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 Pamela Rose Aldridge McCall, 33, was found strangled in March 1991 near the off ramp of a road in Spring Hill, Tennessee, according to the release. Theresa Waldrop And Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "Suspect in serial killings arrested in 29-year-old cold case," 8 May 2020 The goat was later found strangled in Irving’s fire pit. Brittany Harry, Cincinnati.com, "Warren County man says God told him to strangle goat, strip naked, steal truck, court documents state," 11 Mar. 2020 McPhaul's body was discovered Oct. 19, 2000, strangled to death in a room at The Dollar Inn in the 3400 block of South Keystone Avenue, which is near South Keystone and I-65 on the south side. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Cold case solved after 20 years, police say," 10 Mar. 2020 A week into his stay, Masters was strangled to death in his room. Lucas Manfield, Los Angeles Times, "Killing of patient, allegations of dangerous care haunt South L.A. psychiatric hospital, investigation finds," 9 Oct. 2019 Baloch, aged 26, was found strangled in her home near the city of Multan. Asim Tanveer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pakistan court gives slain model’s brother life sentence," 27 Sep. 2019 Haley had been strangled to death, and Orlando Tercero was nowhere to be found. CBS News, "Murder of N.Y. nursing student leads to an international manhunt for her killer," 25 Apr. 2020 Brittany had been strangled, hit multiple times and held down, the nurse, Jeanine Suermann, concluded. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Judge will not dismiss case against Alabama woman who says she killed rapist in self-defense," 4 Feb. 2020 Now airlines, as well as hotels, cruise lines, coal-mining companies, and others strangled by the coronavirus shutdowns, are lining up to receive slices of a $2 trillion aid package funded by taxpayers. Jonathan O’connell, BostonGlobe.com, "Congress to bail out firms that avoided taxes, safety regulations and spent billions boosting their stock," 25 Mar. 2020

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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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14 May 2020

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“Strangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strangle. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for strangle

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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