strangle

verb
stran·​gle | \ ˈstraŋ-gəl How to pronounce strangle (audio) \
strangled; strangling\ ˈstraŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce strangle (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

Other Words from strangle

strangler \ ˈstraŋ-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce strangle (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 Many Democratic Senators have been silent as the Administration tries to strangle public works and private energy projects via regulation. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2022 Margot is steadfast in her convictions, until a second handler begins to strangle Sergei. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 30 June 2022 The following day, on October 10th, a nurse walked in on a white man trying to strangle a Black man who was lying prone in a hospital bed. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 9 June 2022 In 2015, new DNA tests were done on the rope used to strangle Bob Dorotik, scrapings from under his fingernails and his clothing. Lisa Freed, CBS News, 24 May 2022 Best-selling books, documentaries, and podcasts have been produced, many of which continue to litigate whether DeSalvo, called America’s Jack the Ripper, really did strangle some or all of the 11 women killed in 1962 and 1963. BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2022 In the spring of 2017 those rivals led a push to strangle Qatar by cutting off diplomatic ties and blocking trade with the country, accusing its government of supporting extremism. David D. Kirkpatrick, BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2022 Dan agreed, and allowed Ron to strangle him with a towel through the bars separating their cells. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 Over time, circling roots can begin to strangle the tree’s trunk. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2022 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for strangle

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 strangle (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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