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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Salmon can have a hard time navigating a deeply forested lake to find food as juveniles or spawning areas as adults, and other fish can be flat out strangled in the lakes for lack of oxygen. Author: Elizabeth Earl, Anchorage Daily News, "Invasive elodea prompts closure of Susitna Valley lakes," 20 June 2019 The document revealed that police had responded to previous domestic violence calls involving the pair in which Condon allegedly strangled Jackson. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Aurora woman allegedly killed by ex-boyfriend had reported prior alleged domestic violence to police," 13 June 2019 In addition to Lindsey and Booker, Brittany White, 29, was found dead in a car last October, Karla Patricia Flores-Pavon, 26, was strangled in May 2018, and Shade Schuler, 22, was gunned down in a field in 2015. NBC News, "Murders of black transgender women in Dallas raise fears in LGBTQ community," 10 June 2019 The man charged with murder Wednesday in the death of a former Playboy playmate who was found strangled in her apartment last week had been release from jail a month prior to allegedly committing the crime, reports say. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Man arrested in ex-Playboy model's murder released from prison month before attack, father seeks probe," 31 Aug. 2018 Wilsey pleaded guilty last week to the premeditated murder of 20-year-old Airman 1st Class Rhianda Dillard, a Mississippi native who was found strangled in her dorm room on Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base on July 29, 2016. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "'I Just Enjoy Killing': Airman Gets Life in Prison for Strangling Another Air Force Member," 13 Apr. 2018 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

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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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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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