Definition of strangle
2 : to suppress or hinder the rise, expression, or growth of repression strangles free speech
1 : to become strangled
2 : to die from or as if from interference with breathing
stranglerplay \-g(ə-)lər\ noun
Examples of strangle in a Sentence
The weeds are strangling the plant.
The company is trying to strangle the smaller competition.
Recent Examples of strangle from the Web
A struggle had taken place and Madonia strangled his wife, prosecutors said.
Samir Alford allegedly strangled his younger sister before placing the bag over her head, reports CBS Philly.
Offenders face tougher charges for strangling or burning a dating partner and in some cases are forbidden to possess a gun.
Gondor and Resh, both 53, have now been out of prison for more than a decade, re-adjusting to life after being convicted and exonerated for the killing of 31-year-old Connie Nardi, who was strangled and left in a pond in Geauga County.
On New Year’s Day that year, one of Kagame’s harshest critics, Patrick Karegeya, was found strangled in a South African hotel room.
Last year, Eubanks was arrested in Delaware County and charged with aggravated assault, burglary and related offenses for allegedly breaking into Love's home and attempting to strangle her with a dog leash, according to a criminal complaint.
Ochoa, 29, had been married just three weeks when she was found strangled, stabbed and beaten in her Antelope home.
Subsequent reports have suggested he was electrocuted or strangled.
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Origin and Etymology of strangle
Middle English, from Anglo-French estrangler, from Latin strangulare, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē halter — more at strain
First Known Use: 14th century
STRANGLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of strangle for English Language Learners
: to kill (a person or animal) by squeezing the throat
: to stop (something) from growing or developing
STRANGLE Defined for Kids
Definition of strangle for Students
1 : to choke to death by squeezing the throat
2 : to die or suffer from or as if from being choked
Medical Definition of strangle
transitive verb: 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: to become strangled : undergo a severe interference with breathing
2: to die from interference with breathing
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