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

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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 Cleveland police are asking for the public’s help to find a man who tried to kidnap one woman outside of Tremont coffee shop and then attacked and tried to strangle another woman on the same day. Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland, "Cleveland police search for man who tried to kidnap one woman, attacked and choked another in one day," 4 Oct. 2020 He was arrested for attempting to strangle one of them with his bare hands. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Let’s not lean into our authoritarian impulses," 16 Apr. 2020 According to that report, the man tried to strangle a woman at the residence. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A man died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a shootout with Waukesha police," 6 July 2020 The game is trying to answer the question of why the genre is so infused with violence by making the player shoot, stab, and strangle their way through area after area, all filled with enemies who are suspicious of trespassers. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Last of Us Part II Tests the Limits of Video-Game Violence," 1 July 2020 In 2017, staff watched as a man tore up his shirt, then tied the strips from his shirt around his neck and tried to strangle himself. oregonlive, "Whistleblower reveals serious injuries, lax oversight at Central City Concern’s Sobering Station," 27 June 2020 Ramsay, of Wadsworth, was sentenced to life in prison without parole last year for breaking into the home of his 98-year-old neighbor, Margaret Douglas, and strangling her. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Ohio lawmakers seek to stop sentences of life without parole for youth offenders," 22 Mar. 2020 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

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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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17 Oct 2020

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“Strangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strangle. Accessed 25 Oct. 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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