Synonyms and Antonyms of choke

  1. 1 to keep (someone) from breathing by exerting pressure on the windpipe let go of my throat—you're choking me! Synonyms garrote (or garotte), strangle, suffocate, throttle Related Words asphyxiate, smother, stifle; scrag Near Antonyms restore, resuscitate, revive

  2. 2 to experience complete or partial blockage of the windpipe the recommended procedure for helping someone who is choking Synonyms gag, suffocate Related Words heave, retch, throw up, vomit; asphyxiate, smother, stifle Near Antonyms breathe, respire; expire, inspire

  3. 3 to be or cause to be killed by lack of breathable air thick, black smoke choked the trapped firefighters Synonyms smother, stifle, strangle, suffocateRelated Words garrote (or garotte), throttle; asphyxiate; drown; croak [slang], destroy, dispatch, do in, fell, slayNear Antonyms breathe, exhale, expire, inhale, inspire; resuscitate, revive

  4. 4 to prevent passage through by filling with something overgrown bushes choked the narrow alleyway between the buildings Synonyms block, clog, clot, congest, dam, gum (up), jam, obstruct, occlude, plug (up), stop (up), stuffRelated Words bung, cork, spile, stopper, stopple; fill, gridlock, pack; fur, silt; flood, glut, inundate, overwhelm, swampNear Antonyms excavate, hollow (out), scoop (out); empty, lightenAntonyms clear, free, open (up), unblock, unclog, unplug, unstop

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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