Definition of strangle in English:

strangle

Syllabification: stran·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈstraNGgəl
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Squeeze or constrict the neck of (a person or animal), especially so as to cause death: the victim was strangled with a scarf
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    • It took all my will power to keep myself from strangling that person to death.
    • Sometimes, I felt like strangling him to death.
    • Then, in some unexplained way, the sprocket chain tore loose and managed to wrap itself about the boy's neck, strangling him.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 (as adjective strangled) Sounding as though the speaker’s throat is constricted: a series of strangled gasps
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    • Althia broke off, emitting a strangled noise in her throat and burying her face in Briar's shoulder.
    • A strangled scream escaped my throat as the great white shark ripped the protective cage to pieces, as if it was made of matchwood…
    • But the silence of the night gave way to strangled sobs in my throat.
  • 1.2Suppress (an impulse, action, or sound): she strangled a sob
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    • The Spearman fought his bitter, convulsive coughs, strangling his sounds against a white-knuckled fist, and Zarantha held his wasted body in her arms.
    • I should be happy, but I'm so overwhelmed by shame, confusion and fear that they are strangling the feelings of love I have for him.
    • In the end, the struggle against the central powers exhausted and strangled the impulse to freedom associated with growing equality, and the middle classes succumbed to being administered.
    Synonyms
    suppress, smother, stifle, repress, restrain, fight back, choke back
  • 1.3Hamper or hinder the development or activity of: overrestrictive policies that strangle growth
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    • His family acquired wealth beyond their wildest dreams and a measure of power that still strangles the development of democracy in Chile.
    • Business is telling us that an assembly would strangle growth.
    • I have firm proposals to reduce the bureaucracy which is strangling farming.
    Synonyms
    hamper, hinder, impede, restrict, inhibit, curb, check, constrain, squash, crush, suppress, repress

Derivatives

strangler

Pronunciation: /ˈstraNGg(ə)lər/
noun
More example sentences
  • He seemed unusually gentle for a strangler - soft-spoken and quite contrite.
  • Many stranglers on the sides fell to carefully placed shafts.
  • While Kas's hands were busy trying to pry the stranglers off his neck, his legs swung free.

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulare, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē 'halter', related to strangos 'twisted'.

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