Definition of strangle in English:


Line breaks: stran¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈstraŋg(ə)l


[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.
  • 1.1 (as adjective strangled) Sounding as though the utterer’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.
  • 1.3Hamper or hinder the development or activity of: they allowed bureaucracy to strangle initiative
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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.
    hamper, hinder, impede, restrict, interfere with, inhibit, hold back, curb, check, restrain, constrain; prevent, put an end/stop to, stop, quash, squash, stamp out, destroy, crush, extinguish, deaden, damp down, subdue, suppress, repress; silence, muffle, mute, gag



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  • 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.


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

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