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

Synonyms

choke, smother, stifle, suffocate

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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.

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Little would allegedly punch his victims and strangle them. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Convicted murderer now linked to more than 60 deaths may be most prolific killer in U.S. history," 8 June 2019 Once at the house, Serrano-Ramierz pointed an assault rifle at the man before strangling him with the rifle strap. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "MS-13 gang member convicted of brutal Tennessee assault with rifle, bleach, plastic bag, feds say," 18 Sep. 2018 For months after 22-year-old Lesvy Berlín was found strangled to death in a phone booth on a Mexican university campus, police told her parents that their daughter had committed suicide. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "‘A Horrible Culture of Machismo’: Women Struggle With Violence in Mexico," 4 May 2019 Merkley said the North Koreans had continued developing their missile program and were finding ways to circumvent economic sanctions strangling its economy. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Trump wants to keep NKorea sanctions, won’t rule out summit," 12 Apr. 2019 One of those called True Loves Kiss was about two lovers tangling and strangling each other during their first and last kiss. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "The Scary, Pretty Flower Paintings of Shara Hughes," 30 Apr. 2019 Postmortem reports concluded that she had been strangled to death. Steve George, CNN, "India court moves trial location in gang rape, murder of 8-year-old," 7 May 2018 Police claim 16-year-old Tia Brewer and 18-year-old Francisco Alvarado, strangled and stabbed Brewer’s ex-boyfriend before setting him on fire and running him over with a Jeep. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Rahm Emanuel under increasing fire for linking Chicago violence and morals in minority neighborhoods," 17 Aug. 2018 The teenagers instead decided to strangle and stab her, prosecutors said. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "A mom sought a fresh start in Maine. Her story has a horrific finish," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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strangle

verb

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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